Places to visit

Slimbridge in Gloucestershire is brilliant for Ducks, Swans and Geese, all giving very close views from the many hides.

The Cotswold Water Park is well worth a visit with so many pits to look at there is always something to find, there should be Goosander, Goldeneye and with a little luck Smew and Scaup, try pits 29, 30, 44, 57, 68 a, 68b and 74, if you are out late then try pit 74 or 16 for a gull roost, I have found Iceland and Glaucous Gulls here in the past

Severn Beach area can also be very good for Wildfowl, the best area is between the 2 motorway bridges at Northwick Warth / New Passage area looking upriver from the last house, Severn Beach sea wall can be worth a look and if you are lucky you might find a Diver or winter grebe, if you do please let me know!


Recent Bird records (South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the old county of Avon)

Reports in RED are my own sightings (number) = total species seen this year so far.


 Recent Bird records (South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the old county of Avon)



American Wigeon, 25+ Little Egrets, 1000s of Dunlin, Red Shank, Grey Plover, Bar Tailed Godwits, and over 30 Avocet at Steart NR Somerset ( 147 )


2 Smew at the Cotswold water Park on pit 30, Great Northern Diver still on pit 82


9 Purple Sandpipers at Portishead


Great Northern Diver still at the Cotswold Water Park on pit 82


500 Golden Plover, 1 Brambling and 1 Barn Owl on Haxton Down (146)


2 Water Pipit, Knot, Greylag goose and 4 Little Egrets at Northwick Warth (143)


Great Northern Diver Cotswold Water Park on Pit 82 (140)


Hawfinch, 4 Whooper Swans, Marsh Tit, Mandarin ducks, many Crossbills in the Forrest of Dean (138)

2 Short Eared Owls at Blakehill


Firecrest in Eastville Park Bristol


2 Penduline Tits at Gloucester

Grey Phalarope, 2 Scaup, 100 White Fronted Geese, 50+ Bewick’s Swans at Slimbridge (130)


2 Penduline Tits on the south east side on Gloucester

Slavonian Grebe still at Northwick Warth

Grey Phalarope at Slimbridge


Slavonian Grebe at Northwick Warth


NORFOLK Pallid Harrier, 2 Rough Legged Buzzard, 2 Hen Harrier, 21 Snow Buntings, Black Redstart, Great White Egret, 2 Mealy Redpoll, Red Necked Grebe, 1000s of Pink footed Geese, Barn Owl and many more … (126)


Lesser Scaup and Great White Egret still at Chew Valley Lake


18 Little Egrets, 8+ Goldeneye, Cetti’s Warbler and 2 Goosander at Chew Valley Lake (100)

Firecrest in Chippenham

Yellow Legged Gull at Calne


2 Great White Egrets and 28 Little Egrets at Chew Valley Lake

Hudsonian Whimbrel and Little Gull at Marazion, Pacific Diver, Black Throated Diver, 8+ Great Northern Divers and an Eider Duck at Newlyn, Spoonbill, Yellow Browed Warbler, 10+ Mediterranean Gulls at Hayle and a Little Gull at Church Cove Cornwall (93)


8 Avocets at Oldbury Power Station

5 Water Pipits at Northwick Warth 


3 Jack Snipe and 10 Snipe at Yate.

Scaup, 2 Egyptian Geese, Bewick’s Swans, White Fronted Geese and a Little Stint at Slimbridge with thousands of common ducks and waders (64)

Penduline Tit

Penduline Tit

Great Northern Diver

Great Northern Diver

Great Northern Diver

Great Northern Diver

Hudsonian Whimbrel

Hudsonian Whimbrel