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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


August 2015

Cotswold Water Park
2nd August 2015

Our visit to the Cotswold Water Park began at Lower Moor Farm looking for Brown Hairstreaks but sadly none. There were other species such as Gatekeepers, Common Blue, Meadow Browns, Peacocks & Commas. Also a couple of Common Darters were on the wing as well. There was a Male Brimstone perched on a bush and very camouflaged. A couple of Female Brown Hawkers were egg laying in one of the ponds. A Emperor Male was also flying over the pond. There were 2 Juvenile Grass Snakes under the tins but far too quick for a picture. We had an explore around Whelford Pools. There were Cormorants, Greyleg Geese, Coots, Canada Geese, Mute Swans & a Male Red - crested Pochard in Eclipse pulmage. We hoped to return later in the year to see them in their Breeding plumage. We finished at the Edward Richardson & Phyllis Amey Reserve. We saw Little Egrets, Grey Heron, Tufted Duck with Duckling, Brown Hawkers, Emperor Dragonfly egg laying, Green Sandpipers, Black - tailed Skimmers & the last sighting of the day was a Grass Snake swimming across the pond. What a perfect way to end the day.

Slimbridge WWT
8th August 2015

We went to Slimbridge WWT and started with a Landrover Safari led by Dave Paynter, who also led the evening Safari on the 29th July. We saw a pair of Cranes on the edge of the barley field with the recently fledged Juvenile. This was the first Juvenile that fledged sucessfully in the West Country for over 400 years. You can certainly tick it! A Roe Deer was with the Cranes at the back of the barley field. Also a Female Marsh Harrier was in the area perched on a bush. (By the way, the two bird species were spotted by Mum!)  We went to look for Dragonflies and Damselflies. We saw Common & Ruddy Darters, Emperor Dragonflies, Brown Hawker, Azure & Common Blue Damselflies. We also heard an alarm call of a Cetti's Warbler. There was Small Copper & Gatekeeper nectaring on a flower and a Grass Snake was under the tin, again too quick for a picture. When we arrived back, we had lunch in the cafe. In the afternoon we had a look at South Lake where a pair of Common Terns were resting on the rafts as well as flying around. A Great Crested Grebe was feeding a Juvenile in front of the observatory. We also looked at the 9 Lego Sculptures:1 Chris the Crane, 2 Mac the Mallard, 3 Benedict the Bewick's Swan, 4 Natalie the Nene, 5 Lottie the Otter, 6 Bruce the Red - breasted Goose, 7 Suki the Spoon - billed Sandpiper, 8 Flavia the Flamingo & 9 Emily the Emperor Dragonfly. We popped to the Zeiss Hide to look for Little Stint but didn't see it. A flock of Dunlin with some Barnacle Geese were next to the sea wall. We went to the Hogarth Hide where we had better views of Black - tailed Godwits in good sunlight. Also 5 Juvenile Avocets wading and resting on the bank until all the birds got spooked by a possible bird of prey, although we didn’t see it. At the ‘Back from the Brink’ house was a Dark Marbled Carpet Moth roosting there until the evening.  We finished at the Rushy Pen where we saw a nice Green Sandpiper quite close to the hide and a Male Grey Wagtail foraging in the stream.  Back in the car park the last sighting was a young Swallow in the nest and was being fed by the Adult.

Wood Sandpiper at Slimbridge WWT
10th August 2015

We popped out to Slimbridge to see the Wood Sandpiper that had been reported on the Slimbridge sightings from yesterday. The Juvenile was present in the Rushy Pen with 13 Green Sandpipers spread out around the pen. After spending a couple of minutes feeding it flew to the back of the pen.  We quickly popped into the Martin Smith Hide where a Mallard Duck and Juvenile were keeping a Juvenile Lapwing company. Back at the Rushy Pen the Wood Sandpiper was still foraging at the back & didn't come close again. ‘Willow’ & ‘Sedge’, the 2 GCP Cranes were present on the Tack Piece and another was in the Rushy Pen. We finished with a last look at four Juvenile Swallows in a nest by the Ladies’ toilet, still being fed by the adults.

Green & Wood Sandpipers

Wood Sandpiper [Juvenile]

Green Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper [Juvenile]

Lapwing [Juvenile]

Shelduck [Juvenile]

Black - tailed Godwit [Summer Female]

Common Crane

Barn Swallow [Juveniles]

Small Tortoiseshell

Cormorant [Juvenile]

Ruddy Darter [Male]

Small Copper

Great Crested Grebe [Juvenile]

Barnacle Geese

Benedict the Bewick’s Swan

Mac the Mallard

Bruce the Red - breasted Goose

Suki the Spoon - billed Sandpiper

Lottie the Otter

Flavia the Flamingo

Emily the Emperor Dragonfly

Natalie the Nene

Chris the Crane

Grey Heron

Grey Wagtail [Male]

Green Sandpiper

Grass Snake

Common Blue [Male]

Common Darter [Male]

Brimstone [Male]

Brown Hawker [Female]

Brown Hawker [Female]

Red - crested Pochard [Eclipse Male]

Emperor  Dragonfly [Immature Female]

Black - tailed Skimmer [Male]