August is the month to head to the coast, with south west winds lots of seabirds will be going past, anywhere from Cornwall to west Sussex can be good. For Cory’s and Great Shearwaters Cornwall and South Devon are the places to be, I will be in Cornwall at Porthgwarra or Pendeen sometime this month!

 Many waders are on the move, Curlew Sandpipers and Knot are turning up in our area, this is also the time for American waders to arrive so look carefully through any dunlin and ringed plover flocks for White Rumped, Pectoral and Baird’s Sandpipers


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

10th August

Spotted Crake at Chew Valley lake plus an Osprey

8th August

Just outside of our area, at Slimbridge a pair of Blue headed wagtails have successfully fledged 2 young, the first breeding record at this site.

A Nightjar was at the Cotswold Water Park around pit 82 , very rare at this site !

5th August

5 Garganey at Chew Valley Lake

4th August

3 Wood Sandpipers at Northwick wetlands


Swallow © 2014 Mark Coller

Swallow at Northwick


Recent Insect sightings (south Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the old county of Avon)

August butterflies to look for are Brown Hairstreak and Clouded Yellows