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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


Codrington 3rd July 2016

We popped to Codrington in the afternoon to see what Butterflies were about. We saw a few Bee Orchids in flower. A few Marbled Whites were on the wing. We saw some Meadow Brown & a few Ringlets. A Female Common Blue was egg laying on some Bird's Foot Trefoil. There was Small Skippers about as well but no there was sign of any Essex that we could see.

Ham Wall RSPB 11th July 2016

We popped down to Ham Wall RSPB to see the Collared Pratincole that had been present since Sunday evening. There was few Red Admirals on the wing. The Pratincole spent most of the time in flight. Occasionally resting on one of the islands usually out of sight, but was present in the view with Lapwings & Mallards. Even though the view was distant it was a new bird for us all. In the evening we heard the barking call of the Little Bittern in the reeds beyond the 2nd viewing platform. The call has been likened to that of a Jack Russell bark. We waited for a while, but it didn’t show itself at all.

Codrington 23rd July 2016

We went back to Codrington to look for the Essex Skipper. There were pently of Gatekeepers on the wing this time. A Female Green-veined White was nectaring on a flower with a Small Skipper. We saw another Small Skipper on a blade of grass. The 2nd Skipper we saw was a Male Essex Skipper. Saw a few Linnets perched on the wire, also quite a few Silver Y Moths which is a migrant from North Africa.

Slimbridge WWT
27th July 2016

We went on the DPWPS evening Landrover Safari at Slimbridge WWT. We headed out to Dumbles to look for Yellow Wagtails with the cattle. We saw flock of Greylag Geese flying around, including the pale bird. A Flock of Barnacle Geese flew past as well. We had a look at the Top New Piece looking towards the Ziess Hide. We had to keep down the bank beacuse the Black-tailed Godwits were quite close to the edge of it and are very wary. A few Avocets and a Male Ruff which was just coming out of breeding plumage was also there. The Rooks were flying above the Ziess Hide. Back on the Landrover we headed to the other end of the reserve. A Female Roe Deer was in one fields near the sea wall and gave excellent views. A Common Tern was hawking over one of the ponds. On the main pond there were more Common Terns on rafts. Some had chicks which are doing well. They are protected with a cage over the raft, so that predators like Foxes & Otters can't get at them. Afterwards we made our way back to the car park.

Slimbridge 31.07.16

We started our visit to WWT Slimbridge on the normal Landrover Safari. We headed out straight onto the reserve & almost immediately a Male Sparrowhawk flew overhead. We passed one pond and the Common Tern that we saw on 27th July was still present and hawking around. We also saw a Marsh Harrier flying around before landing on a small bush & then suddenly a Bittern flew up and did a sort of a U turn and landed in the reeds out of sight. I was so surprised to see it that I cocked up the pictures. Still as long as we saw it, that's the main thing. Under one of the tin sheets there were some Juvenile Grass Snakes. They all disappeared much too quickly for a photo. Afterwards we headed back to the car park. We went to the Rushy Pen to see what was there. There was a Green Sandpiper wading in the water close to the hide. I spotted a Juvenile Mediterranean Gull with the Black-headed Gull flock. A quick look in Martin Smith had 2 Little Egrets fishing in front of the hide. Outside Mum spotted a Holly Blue Butterfly landing on some Ivy leaves. The Juvenile Mediteranean Gull was still present in the Rushy Pen when I checked on the way back through. There was also a chance to see a Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit & Common Snipe together at the back of pen. Also 3 Little Ringed Plovers were also present towards the back of pen. The birds were all Juveniles.

We popped to Marshfield on the way home and saw 2 Yellowhammers on West Littleton Road but sadly no Little Owls. Still you can't win them all, to quote what Bill Oddie once said.

Alun Valley 18th July 2016

We went to the Alun Valley near Bridgend in South Wales to look for the High Brown Fritillary. We had a bit of a search on higher ground but no luck. We went back to the car park and saw our first High Brown Fritillary on a thistle briefly as it was a very hot day. It was very worn & tatty. Also saw 2 Common Lizards trying to escape the sun, a Meadow Brown, Small Heath and a Dark Green Fritillary. Eventually we managed to find a mating pair of High Brown Fritillaries on some bracken. A Dark Green Fritillary was feeding on thistle nearby. Suddenly 2 other High Brown Fritillaries came to muscle in. Afterwards the pair flew off.

We popped into Newport Wetland Centre to get an ice-cream to cool ourselves down and then we went to get some shade in the Forest of Dean. It was getting late in the afternoon by then and didn't see much. We only saw Emerald Damselfly and Emperor Dragonfly down by the pond. It must have been too hot for the birds as well!

Arne RSPB  9th July 2016

We went to Arne RSPB to see the Nightjar that had been reported near the new cafe. The 1st Summer Male was roosting in the tall oak tree opposite the cafe. It woke up briefly for a preen and a strech. Seeing one at a daytime roost is a very rare sight, so when it was reported on Twitter, we headed on down to see it. We continued to look around the reserve. At Shipstal we saw a herd of Sika Deer in front of the hide. A couple of Juvenile Swallows perched on branch also in front of the hide. On the way back from Shipstal, me & Mum saw another Sika Deer in the field. In the afternoon we went around Coombe Heath. There was a Female Common Darter on the heathland. We checked earlier for Silver-studded Blues at Shipstal, but there weren't any. As it got warmer at Coombe Heath we spotted our first Silver-studded Blues flying around the heather. We certainly saw more Males than Females this year. A few Sand Wasps were also present around the heath. We only saw one Female Silver-studded Blue on the way back to the car park because it was nearly the end of the flight period. A quick look at the pond provided a sight of a Blue-tailed and Small Red Damselflies, but no Spiders.

In what is normally a overfill car park we saw some more Sika Deer grazing in the roped off area. We went back to the cafe to see Nightjar roosting. It woke up again briefly for stretch and a preen. It even gave big yawn, showing us why it's also called 'Goatsucker.' It churred for a little bit, but didn’t seem to want to fly yet. Meanwhile, we had to head home. What a brilliant day!

Sparrowhawk [Male]

Little Egret [Summer]


Common Tern [Summer]

Mediterranean Gull [Juvenile]

Holly Blue

Moorhen [Chick]


Black-headed Gull [Chick]

Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper  & Common Snipe

Yellowhammer [Male]

Yellowhammer [Female]

Roe Deer [Female]

Greylag Geese

Barnacle Geese

Ziess Hide

Common Tern [Summer]

Essex Skipper [Male]

Small Skipper [Female]

Gatekeeper [Male]

Green-veined White [Female]

Silver Y

Green-veined White & Small Skipper

High Brown Fritillary [Pair]

Dark Green Fritillary

Dark Green Fritillary

High Brown Fritillary

Dark Green Fritillary

Emerald Damselfly

Emperor Dragonfly [Female]

Red Admiral

Nightjar [1st Summer Male]

Nightjar [1st Summer Male]

Sika Deer [Pair]

Barn Swallow [Juveniles]

Pied Wagtail [Female]

Silver-studded Blue [Male]

Silver-studded Blue [Female]

Silver-studded Blue [Female]

Small Red Damselfly

Blue-tailed Damselfly [Male]

Sika Deer [Juvenile]

Marbled White

Bee Orchid

Marbled White

Small Skipper [Male]

Common Blue [Female]


Meadow Brown

Sika Deer

July 2016