June and July

Places to visit

June and July are the quietest months, apart from Quail, Honey Buzzard and Nightjar which are late arrivals most birds are settled down breeding.

I tend to go out looking for Butterflies in these 2 months

Forest of Dean is a great place to visit with breeding Nightjar, Goshawk, Firecrest, Wood Warbler, Redstart, Pied and Spotted Flycatchers, Tree Pipits and many other warblers

The Cotswold Water Park is worth a visit with so many pits to look at there is always something to find, there should be Little Ringed Plover, Hobby, cuckoo, common terns and many warbler species

Salisbury Plain can also be good if passing through, if you are lucky you could find Montague’s Harrier, Stone Curlew, Hobby, Whinchat, Wheatear, Grasshopper Warbler, Turtle Dove or Quail, early mornings are best.

Recent Bird records (South Gloucestershire, 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)



Wilson’s Petrel, 2 Great Shearwaters, 2 Cory’s Shearwaters, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 1 Balearic Shearwater, 1000+ Manx Shearwaters, 40+ Storm Petrel, Great Skua, 4 Puffin and 2 Chough at Porthgwarra (233)


Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, 5 green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 27 Common Terns and 3 Little Egrets on the Cotswold water Park pits 68/74


Pectoral Sandpiper at Slimbridge


5 Whinchat, 3 Redstart, 10 Whitethroat, 26 Canada Geese, 6 Ravens, 3 Lesser Whitethroat on Chipping Sodbury Common

20 species of butterfly around Yate and Chipping Sodbury including the first records of White Admiral and Purple Hairstreak for the area


4 Whinchat, 6 Redstart, 14 Whitethroat and 4 Lesser Whitethroat on Chipping Sodbury Common


Temminck’s Stint still at Pilning wetlands


Temminck’s Stint, Mediterranean Gull, Green sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed plovers, 31 Dunlin and a Little Egret at Pilning Wetlands

5 Redstart, 4 Whinchats, 4 Whitethroat and 2 Lesser Whitethroats on Chipping Sodbury common


4 Redstart and 3 Whinchats on Chipping Sodbury Common


7 Quails at Marshfield


1000s of Puffins at Skomer Island plus Guillemots, Razorbills, Gannets, Fulmars, Wheatears, a Mediterranean Gull and 5 Choughs (226)


Garganey, 14 little Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 10 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 35 Common Tern, 25 Little Egret on pits 68 and 74 of the Cotswold Water Park


2 Great White Egrets at Chew Valley Lake


Whinchat, 3 Redstarts, Yellow Wagtail, lots of Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat on Chipping Sodbury Common


American Night Heron at Shrewsbury (224)

Wood Sandpiper with 6 Green Sandpipers at Slimbridge

Male Red Backed Shrike at Highbridge Somerset (223)

Caspian Tern, Little Gull and 42 Black Tailed Godwits at Chew Valley Lake


8 Black Tailed Godwits over pit 74 of the Cotswold Water Park

Red-Backed Shrike, Highbridge
Red-Backed Shrike, Highbridge

American Night Heron, Shrewsbury
American Night Heron, Shrewsbury

Puffin, Skomer Island
Puffin, Skomer Island

Beautiful Demoiselle, Yate
Beautiful Demoiselle, Yate