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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


November 2015

Chew Valley Lake
16th November 2015

We went to Chew Valley Lake in the afternoon to look for the Red - throated Diver that had been present since the 7th. The Juvenile had been swimming around the fishing nets off Woodford Lodge. We went to look at Herriott's Bridge where a Great White Egret was fishing in the channel along with a Grey Heron & 6 Little Egrets. Went back to Woodford just as the light was beginning to fade. The Red - throated Diver started to swim in close to the bank. Once it's quiet of fishing boat traffic we'll pop back to see the Diver & hopefully it will overwinter.

Great White Egret

Great White Egret

Red - throated Diver [Juvenile]

Red - throated Diver [Juvenile]



Black - tailed Godwit [Winter]

Greenshank [Winter]

Redshank [Winter]

Common Snipe

Black Brant

Black Brant & Brent Goose

Dark-bellied Brent Goose

Norfolk  7th - 10th November 2015

We went to Norfolk for 4 days and our first port of call was Titchwell RSPB. After heavy rain all the way up, the sun broke through and it was a lovely sunny evening. There had been a sighting of a Jack Snipe from the Parrinder Hide but sadly we only saw Common Snipe. There was loads of Teals in front of the hide, Dunlin and a Ruff. Afterwards me & Dad went to look on the beach. There was a Grey Plover & a couple of Sanderlings but very little else. We also saw some Pink - footed Geese fly over. Back at Parrinder Hide we watched the Harriers come in to roost and Dad just managed to spot a Ringtail among the Marsh Harriers. As the light started to fade we started making our way back to the car park. Our last sighting on the first day was a Greenshank with some Common Redshank.  We then went to Docking to our cottage for the next three nights.

We went to Titchwell RSPB the next morning to see what was about. On the far side of the grazing marsh was a Juvenile Rough - legged Buzzard perched on a tree stump. We went back to the Parrinder Hide where some of the Common Snipe were still showing but no Jack Snipe. Lots a Avocets and Ruff along with the other usual waders & wildfowl. We went to have a look around Cley next the sea & saw a flock of Dark - bellied Brent Geese. Every Winter in Southern & Eastern England where there is a flock of Brent Geese, usually have at least one Black Brant in the flock. Not only has it a larger white neck patch, it also has white flanks. This Adult was certainly showing well by the beach near Cley village unlike the Darts Farm bird. From the new Visitor Centre at Cley in near darkness was a Brown Hare running in a field.


We went back to Titchwell RSPB to look around the East Trail. We saw a Marsh Harrier flying at the back of the reedbed but very quiet from the Fen Hide. We went to look at feeders and saw a Female Brambling & a couple of Siskins in the tree with the Goldfinch flock. We also popped along to Thornham Marsh where we saw 5 Dark - bellied Brent Geese but no Twite this time. We went to Holkham, unfortunately it started to rain and we didn't see much from the hide or along the dunes. Back along Lady Ann's Drive the field was partly covered by Pink - footed Geese. As it was very windy and wet we went to the Deer Park at Holkham Hall. There were loads of Fallow Deer amongst the trees. Also we saw 2 Eygptian Geese with one Pink - footed Goose, Brown Hare briefly and as we walked to the monument, unexpectly flushed 4 Grey Partridges twice!  We walked through the woods back to the car, but it was very quiet for birds and only saw more deer.

Our last day in Norfolk or rather Suffolk was at the RSPB Reserve at Minsmere. After all the bad weather the last few days, today was warm and sunny. Amazing! From the North Hide we saw some Highland Cattle grazing on the marsh. There were some Red Deer on the grassland at North bushes and a Shaggy Inkcap by the Noth wall path to the beach. We went to the East hide, but not many birds. There was only one Avocet that we could see.There were a pair of Stonechats perched on some brambles near the coast. We scanned the marsh and around the sluice where Short-eared Owl & Ring Ouzel had been seen, but nothing. We saw some Koniks that also graze on the reserve. From the South Hide we saw a Spotted Redshank & a Knot. We walked through the woods to the Bittern Hide. Mum spotted some Flying ants emerging which seems odd in November. There was nothing at the Bittern Hide as they had been working there cutting the reeds down. Further along the track, we noticed another odd sight. About ten Common Darters perched on a bench. Nothing at Island Mere Hide as there were bonfires in front, so we couldn’t stay with the smoke. Dad & I walked to the viewpoint where we had a good view of the Springwatch Studio. We went to the Canopy Hide while Mum went back to Bittern Hide. At the Bittern Hide, Mum watched some Marsh Harriers coming into roost. We then went for a cup of tea before heading home. A great weekend, even though the weather was a bit bad at times.

Pheasant [Female]

Stonechat [Female]

Shaggy Inkcap

Red Deer


Konik [Female]

Cotswold Water Park 1st November 2015

We went to the Cotswold Water Park in Wiltshire to look for Red - necked Grebes. We saw a Female Bullfinch and 2 Goldcrests on the way. We saw our first Red - necked Grebe over the other side of the lake at Waterhay with some Little Grebes. We also had one very obliging individual quite close to the shore. Even when they're not in breeding plumage, they are still good birds to see.

Red - necked Grebe [Winter]

Pink - footed Geese

Fallow Deer [Male]

Fallow Deer [Female]

Brambling [Female]

Highland Cow



Dark - bellied Brent Goose


Slimbridge 23rd November 2015

We went to Slimbridge to look for the 1st Winter Female Greater Scaup & 5 Greenland White - fronted Geese. The Greater Scaup was showing well with the captive Eiders in the Big Pen. Afterwards we went to Martin Smith and saw a Common Snipe foraging in the marshes. There was some White - fronted Geese out on the Tack Peice but the ones we saw were European White - fronts from Siberia. In the Rushy Pen,  the widfowl were gathering for the foodlit feed. These included Pochards, Pintails & Bewick's Swans.

Greater Scaup [1st Winter Female]


Common Snipe

Bewick’s Swan