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

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)



5 Cattle Egrets at Pewsey


Lapland Bunting at Slimbridge

15 Waxwings at Bradley Stoke Bristol

Iceland Gull at Chew Valley Lake

3 Cattle Egrets at Pewsey


2 Smew and 40+ Red Crested Pochard on pit 29, 15 Goldeneye, 200+ teal, 100+ Shoveler on pit 74, 2 Yellow Legged Gulls on pit 16 of the Cotswold Water Park (107)


Pine Bunting at Dunnington and 2 Glaucous Gulls at Rufforth Tip in Yorkshire.

Dusky Thrush at Beeley (105)


Bittern at Orchard Pools, Severn Beach

5 Smew on the Cotswold Water Park on pits 28 / 29 and 30


Ring Billed Gull, Black Necked Grebe, Ring Necked Duck and 9+ Scaup at Chew Valley Lake


Water Pipit, Cettis Warbler, 400+ Black T Godwit, 60+ Knot, 600+ Dunlin, Little Egret and 100s of wildfowl at Northwick Warth / Pilning Wetlands area. (94)


Dipper on the River Frome in Chipping Sodbury (85)


4 Cattle Egrets at Wroughton

2 Cattle Egrets at Heddington


2 Cattle Egrets just north of Bath (82)

6 Waxwings in Swindon

Blue Rock Thrust still at Stow on the Wold


10 Waxwings in Chepstow (78)


Ring Necked Duck, Great White Egret and Bittern at Chew Valley Lake

7 Waxwings at Highworth Wiltshire

Waxwing at Marshfield


Waxwing at Bradley Stoke

2 Waxwings in Cirencester


Bewick’s Swan, White Fronted Geese, Little Stint and many other wildfowl at Slimbridge (76)

3 Cattle Egrets just north of Chippenham


Blue Rock Thrush at Stow on the Wold Gloucestershire (54)

American Wigeon at Littleton Warth

Great Grey Shrike at Battlesbury Hillfort, Warminster


Woodcock, 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Common Snipe and a Raven at Yate

Dusky Thrush, Beeley
Dusky Thrush, Beeley

Waxwing, Chepstow
Waxwing, Chepstow

Cattle Egrets, Toghill
Cattle Egret, Toghill

Glaucous Gull, Rufford
Glaucous Gulls, Rufford

Long-Tailed Tit, Chepstow
Long-Tailed Tit, Chepstow