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England Avon & Bristol
Avonmouth Sewage WorksSatellite View
Three man-made lagoons and a pool provide feeding and resting areas for many birds. The deeper lagoons attract diving duck such as pochard and tufted duck. The shallower pool, known as Teal Pond, has a thick growth of water plants at its edge and provides plentiful food and cover. There is a bird hide overlooking this pond although access is to Wildlife Trust members only, however the reserve may also be viewed from Kingsweston Lane, Lawrence Weston Road and the access road that joins the two. Permits and maps obtainable from Avon Wildlife Trust. Details to permit holders only.
Blagdon LakeSatellite View
Blagdon Lake is the smaller cousin to Chew. Has a mile of public footpath along the Southeast side from the east tip near Ubley. Permit holders have access to private paths and two hides, one of which is only just usable, both being in need of repair. [Permits obtainable from Bristol Water, Woodford Lodge, Chew Stoke, BS18 8SH and covers Chew, Blagdon and Barrow Gurney reservoirs. Cost is £1 day rate or £8/year.]
Chew Valley LakeSatellite View
This reservoir is roughly 4km long and 2.4km wide. The dam is at the northern end and most of the perimeter is naturally vegetated with large reedbeds at the southern end. This is by far the areas most important reservoir for birds and hold internationally important numbers of some wildfowl. Good viewing can be had from the roadside at Heron's Green Bay and Herriot's Bridge. There are five hides but access to these is by permit only. [Permits obtainable from Bristol Water, Woodford Lodge, Chew Stoke, BS18 8SH and covers Chew, Blagdon and Barrow Gurney reservoirs. Cost is £1 day rate or £8/year.]
Honda Car Site at AvonmouthSatellite View
There being three large ponds at the back of the Honda car site at Avonmouth, its a very good site with wheatear, green sandpiper, common sandpiper, Heron, Snipe, Raven, Merlin to mention a few. This site is at the end of St Andrews road left into the Cabot Park Industrial Estate, carry on to the first roundabout,with Honda cars on your left,Turn left at this roundabout and stop at the footpath, under the Fish Standards. Take a stroll to the ponds on the path in front of you.
Kingsweston DownSatellite View
Kingsweston Down is a ridge of grassland sheltered by trees, in summer it is alive with wildflowers and butterflies. Plants include rockrose, harebell, lady's bedstraw and restharrow. A total of 28 species of butterfly have been recorded including common blue, brown argus, purple hairstreak and holly blue. Marbled white are the commonest butterfly species present.
Lawrence Weston MoorSatellite View
A seemingly forgotten piece of land, this urban oasis is sandwiched between the M5 motorway and housing estates. An extensive area of wet meadows and reedbeds, it is extremely rich in wildlife. The drier fields are hay meadows where plants such as meadowsweet and pepper saxifrage are common, and they are one of the few places in the Bristol area where common meadow-rue can still be found. The wetter meadows have ragged robin, marsh marigold and creeping forget-me-not. Marsh arrowgrass is another rarity found here. These fields are an important area for reed bunting and snipe and reed and sedge warblers are known to breed here.
Weston Big WoodSatellite View
One of the old Avon county's largest ancient woodlands, Weston Big Wood dates back to the last Ice Age. A network of footpaths criss-cross this wildlife rich wood. Uncommon small-leaved lime trees, oak, hazel and the rare whitebeam are major arboreal features of this woodland. In spring bluebells dominate the wood floor with wood anemones and violets. The presence of herb paris, yellow archangel and the very rare purple gromwell show that this is an ancient wood. Orange tip, speckled wood and purple hairstreak are just some of the butterflies that can be seen. The wood is very good for birds, including woodpeckers, nuthatches, many tits and tawny owls. Bats also roost in the trees and the presence of many setts indicates a large badger population.
Weston MoorSatellite View
Fen meadows and reed-fringed pools and ditches are the richest habitats on the reserve. They have rare aquatic plants such as greater bladderwort and an impressive number of insects including the hairy dragonfly. The meadows have many scarce plants such as lesser butterfly orchid along with masses of meadowsweet. A wet woodland provides valuable winter food for finches and a summer breeding site for tawny owls. Reed and sedge warblers are completely dependent upon the reed areas as nesting sites.
Number of bird species: 333
County Bird - Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
[...as its logo because it was established in the late sixties around the time when one or two PBGBs overwintered at Chew Valley Lake].
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Avon Bird Report
From the County Recorder (see above).
Since about 1990 peregrine falcons have bred in the Avon Gorge. To date they have successfully raised about 20 young having bred almost every year. In 1999 one of the youngsters was captured by a concerned passer-by early one morning and taken to a vet, Dick Best, who checked the bird over and pronounced it fit. The juvenile was then ringed and later released close to the nest site. This is the only juvenile from this site to be ringed so far. The Bristol ornithological Club along with members of the RSPB and the Hawk and Owl Trust have kept a watch on the nest site every year since 1991. This was prompted by a semi-successful attempt in 1990 to destroy the nest site by an unknown faction. A person or persons unknown had climbed down the cliff and destroyed 2 of the 4 young hatched by clubbing them with a snooker cue. Details from John Tully, address below.
BTO Regional Representative
RR. R L Bland, 11 Percival Road Bristol, BS8 3LN
Avon Wildlife TrustWebsite
The Avon Wildlife Trust, the local charity working to protect wildlife, manages 37 nature reserves; provides activities for children through Wildlife Watch, its junior branch; and environmental education for over 4000 school children every year; protects the best areas for wildlife in the region and campaigns on wild places under threat; and encourages everyone to enjoy and care for local wildlife...
Bristol Naturalists' SocietyWebsite
The promotion of education and research into natural history, including geology, with special reference to the Bristol district and the promotion of the conservation of the British fauna and flora and the protection of geological and physiographical sites...
Bristol Ornithological ClubWebsite
The Bristol Ornithological Club was founded to promote, encourage and co-ordinate the scientific study of ornithology in all its branches in the Bristol area. Whatever your level of birdwatching - as a beginner, just interested with no claim to any special knowledge, or keen with special interests - the BOC can help to increase your knowledge and enjoyment of birds. With regular indoor meetings, featuring expert guest speakers, outdoor trips, to a whole variety of birding sites in the South-west, club holidays in Britain and abroad, a monthly newsletter (Bird News - with all the latest bird sightings) and an annual journal (Bristol Ornithology) there is so much to do and find out about the BOC. Take a look around our website and find out about the top places to birdwatch around Bristol or how to join our club and find out about our forthcoming trips and meetings...
Cam Valley Wildlife GroupInformation
An independent wildlife conservation group covering Midsomer Norton, Radstock and surrounding villages. Its aims are: the conservation of local wildlife, promoting awareness and understanding of wildlife, encouraging enjoyment of wildlife...
RSPB - Bath & District Local GroupInformation
We are a group of 275 members around the Bath area. We hold indoor meetings on the third Wednesday of the month from September to March at the Bath Society Meeting Room, Green Park, Bath, where you can hear illustrated talks given by ornithologists, photographers and other professional speakers. We also have an annual programme of field trips by car or coach to a variety of sites including RSPB reserves... Ann Workman - Meetings are held at: Bath Society Meeting Room, Green Park, Bath, Tel: 01225 428091
The web site for anyone with an interest in the birds of the Severn Beach area on the mid Severn Estuary. Severn Beach is a coastal village in South Gloucestershire and situated at the top corner of the Bristol Channel, England. The web site is dedicated to all birders, past and present, who have visited the patch on a regular basis...
Bristol MuseumZoology Collection
British Birds and Mammals Gallery - Many birds and mammals found in the South West Region are displayed in this gallery and can be viewed with accompanying information on their ecology and behaviour...
University of Bristol - School of Biological SciencesUniversity
Mechanistic and functional approaches to ornithology...
Chew Valley LakeInformation
Despite the pressures from recreational activities, and sailing in particular, Chew Valley Lake remains excellent for birds and one of the most important sites for waterfowl in south-west England. It is an artificial reservoir covering nearly 500ha and was constructed in the 1950s. Much of the surrounding area is rough grassland with occasional conifer plantations although there are some reedbeds on parts of the shore. Further afield is mainly farmland with patches of deciduous woodland. More than 250 bird species have been recorded here...
Chew Valley Lake BirdingWebsite
Chew Valley Lake, ten miles south of Bristol, is the largest reservoir in south-west England. This website contains regularly updated news and information on its birds and wildlife...
Narroways Millennium Green TrustInformation
Narroways Hill is a little grassy & wooded ridge dissected by railway lines lying just North of inner-city Bristol. It has always been an open space and as the city has encroached around it, its value as a green sanctuary has increased. When British Rail threatened to sell it to developers in 1997 it caused such a reaction that 800 local people demonstrated to save it, thousands signed petitions & wrote letters and money was raised so it was purchased by Bristol City Council. It became a Millennium Green in the year 2000, with a 999 year lease to keep it free and open to the local people and allow wildlife to thrive. On a warm May day while Slow Worms bask on the railway banks, Marbled White butterflies flit amongst the Knapweed & Scabious and Jays scavenge amongst the treetops. In the evening Pipistrelle Bats emerge...
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area...
Bird sightings around Bristol and the old county of Avon... To report anything, e-mail 'firstname.lastname@example.org'. All submissions are passed to the county Recorder…
Barrow Gurney BirdsBlog
Welcome to Barrow Gurney Birds – the website dedicated to birdwatching at the Barrow Gurney Reservoirs and environs…
I started birdwatching at the age of 13 when I first began to wear spectacles and realised that the world was colourful! I bought my first camera...
The Bristol Wildlife blogBlog
A new (2013) Blog on the wildlife in and around Bristol...
Ashton Vale WildlifeWebsite
This web site is dedicated to Birds and Wildlife in a small area of south Bristol called Ashton Vale, which includes the site of the proposed new Bristol City FC stadium development. The site runs parallel with the A370 in the North and the A38 in the South…
Bristol and Westcountry Garden BirdwatchBLOG
So you found us- welcome along to Bristol and West Garden Birdwatch! This is a new website dedicated to the people of the westcountry - and what birds you get in your gardens...
You will find the UK's Cheapest Digital Cameras, Binoculars, Printers, Batteries and other accessory listings from all the major photographic companies on this site. Full accessory lists show that we can supply not just the camera of your choice at the cheapest price but also a full list of accessories...
A range of cameras and a limited range of binoculars. Mark Williams Tel 01179 734484 Clifton Cameras 82 Alma Rd Clifton Bristol BS8 2DJ...
Forest of AvonWebsite
The Forest of Avon will become a unique mix of woodlands, open space, farmland, homes and nature areas - growing more beautiful with the years. The site designated as the Forest of Avon covers an area of 221 square miles. The area stretches north as far as Thornbury and south to Pensford. The eastern boundary takes in Chipping Sodbury; to the west, the Forest reaches the Bristol Channel. At the centre of the Forest of Avon lies the city of Bristol.
Welcome to the Lundy Birds website. Lying astride the mouth of the Bristol Channel, Lundy has long proved to be a magnet for migrating birds, with a long list of major rarities to its name, and is nationally important for its breeding seabirds...
Nailsea Wildlife WardensInformation
These are some of the Wildlife sites around Nailsea...
The area covered is a ten kilometre coastal strip from the old Severn Bridge, south to the southern end of Chittening Warth. The eastern boundary is formed mainly by the A403, Aust to Avonmouth coast road. The patch is centred on the village of Severn Beach and dominated by the structure of the Second Severn Crossing.
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