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Wildlife in and around the city of Bristol

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March 2

  Dipper 31st

  Chew 30th

  Slimbridge 29th

March 1

  Aust 23d

  Giltar Point 16th

  London WWT 15th

  Durham Downs 12th

  Slimbridge 8th

  Great Barrington/Hawling 1st

February 2

  Chipping Sodbury 26th

  Forest of Dean 22nd

  Kent 14th-16th

February 1

  Marshfield Aust 10th

  Marshfield 4th

  Aust 3rd

  Forest of Dean 2nd

  Slimbridge 1st


  Forest Farm 20th

  Chew 19th

  Exe 12th



  Brixham Broadsands 29th

  Portland 27th

  Severn Beach Slimbridge 14th

  Science Park 3rd

  Somerset Levels 2nd


  Chew 18th

  Slimbridge 10th

  Newport Wetlands 9th

  Westonbirt 7th


  Berkeley Blagdon Chew 7th

Bay of Biscay


  Blagdon 28th

  Devon 14th

  Dorset 2nd

August 2

  Slimbridge and Pensile Hill

  Hawk Conservancy 22nd

Bird Fair

August 1

  Slimbridge 11th

  Fontell and Alners Gorse 10th

July 2

  West Yatton Down 28th

  Heddon Valley 21st

  Wales 15th

  Savernake 14th

  Inglestone 13th

July 1

  Inglestone 8th

  Lizard Orchid 2th

  Forest of Dean 1st

Skomer June


  Daneway Banks 30th

  Slimbridge 29th

  Aylesbeare Common 8th

  Slimbridge 3rd



  Chew & Salisbury 23rd

  Slimbridge 20th

  Somerset Levels 15th

  Slimbridge 7th

  Forest of Dean 6th

March 3

  Blagdon Lake 31st

  Marshfield 30th

March 2

  Blagdon Lake


March 1

  Garden Birds

  Portishead 18th

  Slimbridge 11th

  Portishead 4th

  Quedgeley, CWP 3rd

  Forest of Dean 2nd



  Aust 27th

  Cheltenham Diver 10th

  RSPB Criuse, Exe 9th


January 2

  Slimbridge 26th & 27th

  Garden 21st

  Slimbridge 21st

  Yate/Waxwings 19th

  Garden 18th

January 1

  Garden Sparrowhawk 8th

  Portishead & Chew 7th

  Slimbridge 2nd

  Cheltenham & Highnam 1st

Bristol and Avon Bird


July 2  2013

Dyfi Ospreys and Ynys-Hir 15th July 2013

We went to Dyfi to see how Monty the Osprey was doing with his new mate this year. She is called Glesni, who is a Rutland born bird and the neice of Nora, Monty’s old mate of two years who failed to return this year. However the Ospreys were to far for a decent picture but I saw quite a number of Lesser Redpolls feeding on the feeders including a orange capped female, a few juveniles and two males. This time we managed to see the Water Buffalos that grazed on the reserve. Glesni did a distant fly past while Monty was out fishing. We went to Ynys - hir to look for Pied Flycatchers. We first saw a Song Thrush feeding on the path. Further on we saw a juvenile Robin foraging around looking for insects and it came and perched on a log. From the Canopy hide we had a distance view of a Osprey fishing. I wonder if it was Monty! We saw a family of Spotted Flycatchers near the hide. There were some young Frogs hopping along the path and a Red Damselfly was perched on a bit of bracken. At the Breakwater Hide we saw a flock of Canada Geese and a male Reed Bunting singing from a bush. On our way to the new boardwalk we had to be careful where put our feet because the path was covered with little Frogs. Near the boardwalk we saw a Pheasant feeding and there was also a sculpture of a Dragonfly and one of an Adder at the other end. There was not much from the new Ynys Feurig hide, and so we continued on the boardwalk where there were some lovely views out to the estuary. The trail passed by the farm that the Mallard was nesting by on Springwatch and where the baby Rabbits were. I even saw the rock that Chris Packham and Micheala Strachan sat on in the programme. Mum took a picture of me sat on it. It was a long walk and even though we didn’t see much birdlife, we really enjoyed it. It looks like the Pied Flycatchers, Redstarts and Wood Warblers have already left, unless they were high up in the canopy where we couldn’t see them. We were too tired and hot to walk to the other hides and we had forgotten to bring drinks, so we went back to the visitor centre. At the Feeders there were 3 Grey Squirrels, A juvenile Blackbird, a female Blackbird with no tail and another juvenile Robin foraging around.

We finished off at Borth Beach, where we saw loads of Manx Shearwaters and at least 3 Bottle - nosed Dolphins off the coast before making the three hour drive back home.

Glesni the new Dyfi Female Osprey

Lesser Redpolls

Lesser Redpoll [Male]

Water Buffalo

Osprey Chicks on the webcam

Robin [Juvenile]

Spotted Flycatcher [Juvenile]

Frog [Juvenile]

Reed Bunting [Male singing]

Dragonfly sculpture  

Adder sculpture

Grey Squirrel

Manx Shearwaters flying past Borth

Savernake 14th July 2013

We went to Savernake Forest in Wiltshire to look for the majestic Purple Emperor Butterfly. On our way to the forest we spotted a Red Kite soaring around one of the fields. Red Kites are my very favorite Bird of Prey and I haven't seen a lot them in Gloucestershire, although they have been reported quite often in recent months.  

We got to the monument in Savernake  where the Purple Emperors had been seen flying over the Beech Trees. After a while we saw nothing exept a couple of Red Kites. When we started to drive back down the road, we stopped suddenly. We saw a Purple Emperor feeding in the road. The underside is a lovely mix of brown and white. At the time we weren't sure whether it was a male or female. When it opened it's wings, the purple sheen was more noticeable and confirmed it as a Male. After feeding for a while, the Purple Emperor took off, flew down the road and disappeared into the forest.

Red Kite

Purple Emperor

Purple Emperor close up

Large red damselfly


Purple Emperor underwing

Heddon Valley and East Budleigh and Aylesbeare Commons 21st July 2013

On our way  to the  Heddon Valley to look for High Brown Fritillaries we drove over Exmoor and saw two Red Deer sitting in a field quite distant, so I just got a record shot. In the Heddon Valley  there were quite a few Butterflies  on the wing  which included loads of Silver - washed Fritillaries, Red Admiral and Dark Green Fritillary.  We then walked to Heddon's Mouth and on the way we saw a Dipper which flew of a crevise, Juvenile Grey Wagtails and a Rock Pipit.  Far out at sea was a Gannet and a Fulmar flying past Heddon's Mouth. On our back we saw another Dark Green Fritillary which got blown of the grass by a big gust of wind. We caught up with the Dipper again, this time it was foraging in the river. Suddenly, some out of control dogs burst out of the bushes and belted into the river but didn't seem to bother the Dipper. When they started to run down the path  it flew off.  We continued walking down the valley but only saw Silver - washed Fritillaries and no High Browns. We did see some smaller Butterflies in the distance, but never close enough to identify.

We went to East Budleigh Common to look for Silver - studded Blues but none were present, although we did see a very out of season Small Pearl - bordered Fritillary which is normally on the wing May - June.

We saw two Stonechats perched on gorse with beakfuls of food. We also saw our first Grayling of the year resting on the path with it's wings closed. We heard two Dartford Warblers calling nearby and saw one in flight briefly. We saw no Silver - studded Blues there so we tried looking at Aylesbeare. A Small Heath Butterfly  was resting on the gorse bush and on the path was a Female Common Darter. Once again no Silver - studded Blues. Ah well! Maybe next time.  

PS When I got home and looked at the photo of the Common Darter, I started to wonder if it was one. I send the photo to the British Dragonfly Society and they confirmed that it was a Female Keeled Skimmer which was a new Dragonfly for me, so the day turned out quite good after all!

Silver - washed Fritillary

Dark Green Fritillary

Red Admiral

Silver - washed Fritillaries mating

Rock Pipit, Heddon’s Mouth

Dipper [Juvenile]

Small Pearl -bordered Fritillary


Small Heath  roosting

Gatekeeper [Male]  

Keeled Skimmer [Female]

Keeled Skimmer [Female]



Purple Emperor [Male]

Inglestone 13th July 2013

We went to Inglestone, Lower Woods to look for the White Admiral. We saw quite a number of Silver - washed Fritillaries flying and perched on thistles. We did eventually see a White Admiral flying and it settled briefly before being chased off by a Silver - washed Fritillary. It was perched on a high branch of a tree, not good for a decent picture. We walked around the woodland hoping to see another one. We saw a second one in a different part of the woods but it didn't hang around.  Loads of Silver - washed Fritillaries everywhere though.  We will have to give it another try next week.

Silver - washed Fritillary

Silver - washed Fritillary


White Admiral


Marbled White

Marbled White

Essex Skipper

Common Blue

West Yatton Down 28th July 2013

We went to West Yatton Down to look for Essex Skipper. There were loads of Butterflies on the wing and resting  including Ringlets, Marbled White, Comma and Gatekeepers. There were also two Skippers that were resting in the grass. The first one we saw had black tips to the antennae which meant it was a Essex and the second one had orangey tips which meant it's a Small Skipper.