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Storm Dennis moves on through
16 Feb 2020

Storm Dennis moves on through

Just when you thought it couldn't get any wetter, Storm Dennis brought lots of heavy rain which has driven up water levels on the fields, ponds and ditches. A few paths were flooded today, nothing to worry about, only a few shallow puddles and should drop...

Wet and Windy again
15 Feb 2020

Wet and Windy again

RushyOnly 12 Bewicks on site this morning including Turlough mother of 4 who is looking increasingly ill. This represents an incredibly early departure no doubt a result of a mild winter and climate change.Check out later in the day the Redshank and Ruff ...

Calm before the storm
14 Feb 2020

Calm before the storm

This morning we are down to 15 Bewick's Swans, including two families. Will they make a break for it before the weather arrives tomorrow?...

Male Marsh Harrier
13 Feb 2020

Male Marsh Harrier

Our Guide in the Hide, Roberta, picked out a male Marsh Harrier over the north of the reserve this afternoon...

Shoveler show
12 Feb 2020

Shoveler show

Northern Shoveler flocks are brilliant at the moment, good numbers have been gathering on the South Lake and Tack Piece with close views from the Discovery and Hogarth Hides and the Robbie Garnett hide in particular. During gales they may be sheltering fr...

Dumbles floods for our Catch the Tide Event and another Kittiwake flock
11 Feb 2020

Dumbles floods for our Catch the Tide Event and another Kittiwake flock

The Catch the Tide Event was well attended and provided a good test for the new Estuary Tower. Once away it was a very windy day which no doubt helped to push the tide up a bit higher. It flooded across the Dumbles pushing the Curlew flock, Shelduck and S...

February WeBS Count whilst Storm Ciara blows through
10 Feb 2020

February WeBS Count whilst Storm Ciara blows through

c75 Kittiwake were milling about the estuary after peak high tide today.The February Wetland Bird Survey was fairly challenging in gale force winds and horizontal rain yesterday (Sunday 9th February), many birds were sheltering behind hedges, banks and bu...

Whitefronts on show
08 Feb 2020

Whitefronts on show

Estuary TowerNice to see the whole Whitefronted Goose flock close on the Dumbles after flushing from the South Finger. Ideal counting conditions found 128 birds including the 2 juvenile Greenland Whitefronts. There was a pair of Cranes (Ruby and her wild ...

Another cold start
07 Feb 2020

Another cold start

Not quite as cold as yesterday and thankfully no fog to hinder the morning's hide rounds...

Fog and ice to start
06 Feb 2020

Fog and ice to start

It has been a frozen and foggy start to the morning but the weather has cleared to reveal a glorious winter day bathed in sunshine and blue skies...

Goldeneye pair
05 Feb 2020

Goldeneye pair

South LakeThe male Goldeneye returned to the deep lake and was even displaying to the female, the Cattle Egret was present early morning and again after midday, it spent some time on the Tack Piece. The Black-tailed Godwit flock was present at the south e...

Merlin on the Dumbles again
03 Feb 2020

Merlin on the Dumbles again

Estuary TowerThe wintering Merlin was out on the Middle Point fence this morning with an immature Peregrine on fenceposts along the foreshore, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk in the Tack Piece and Marsh Harrier viewable on posts in the Bottom New Piece. A pair of...

Waders on high alert
02 Feb 2020

Waders on high alert

The weekend of 1-2 February has been very good for wader watching, we haven't got the really high numbers of some recent winters but it has been impressive nonetheless. The Tack Piece, Estuary Tower and Kingfisher Hide have been the best spots to see larg...

1900 Golden Plover!
31 Jan 2020

1900 Golden Plover!

A fabulous flock of 1900 Golden Plover were seen from the Estuary Tower this morning, flying over the North of the reserve. Another highlight for the day was the Cattle Egret returning to the causeway on South Lake.South LakeTowards the South was a nice f...

Cattle Egret and Green-winged Teal
28 Jan 2020

Cattle Egret and Green-winged Teal

Some of the highlights from this lovely crisp and clear morning include the drake Green-winged teal spotted on the Top New Piece from Zeiss Hide.Tack PieceLooked very busy this morning with high numbers of 1500 grazing wigeon, 500 Golden Plover and 150 Bl...