This is the month to head to the east coast, after easterly winds Suffolk to Aberdeen will have rarer birds such as Wryneck, Red Backed Shrike and Bluethroats, towards the end of the month the first Yellow Browed Warblers will be arriving, Arctic and Greenish Warblers should also arrive, elsewhere the first American waders will put in an appearance, Buff Breasted Sandpipers, Baird’s Sandpipers and Pectoral Sandpipers should be in the UK.

 Closer to home, if we get prolonged west / south west winds, Severn Beach can be very good for sea birds such as Manx shearwaters, Petrels, Skuas and if you are lucky a Sabine’s Gull , best place to look is from the sea wall opposite the village an hour either side of high tide!

More waders are on the move, Curlew sandpipers and Little Stints can turn up in our area along the coast and on inland lakes such as Chew valley and the Cotswold Water Park


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

7th September

7 Whinchat, 7+ Redstart, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Tree Pipits and 5 Yellow Wagtails on Sodbury Common

 6th September

Curlew Sandpiper at Northwick wetlands

Firecrest at the Cotswold Water Park around pit 68

5th September

2 sandwich Terns at Chew Valley Lake

4th September

Wryneck at Dolebury Warren

3rd September

4 Avocet at Shepperdine

Great Skua at Chew Valley Lake

Curlew sandpiper at Severn Beach

2nd September

Great White Egret still on the Cotswold Water Park on pit 306

Black Necked grebe at Chew valley

Wood Sandpiper at Northwick wetlands




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

September butterflies to look for are Clouded Yellows

6th September

3 Brown Hairstreaks at Tidworth