Please note that we will be closed Thu 10 & Fri 11, Mon 14 - Fri 18, Mon 21 & Tue 22 October. This is due to road closures in Slimbridge village. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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Welly Boot Land is open but has no running water. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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Osprey through
22 Sep 2019

Osprey through

An Osprey was seen to arrive from the Severn before heading off inland across the Tack Piece today.Other highlights includedMiddle Point/Severn Estuary127 Wigeon, 16 Pintail, 201 Ringed Plover (many scattered flocks), 86 Dunlin, 103 Red Knot, 256 Curlew, ...

Another still September day
18 Sep 2019

Another still September day

The high pressure is keeping things settled here, clear sunny days make for good light and viewing.Rushy HideA couple fo Dunlin were unusual here today and were joined by 2 Snipe, 13 Black-tailed Godwit, 94 Teal and a juvenile Garganey on the lower pond. ...

Increase in Teal and Red Knot arrival
16 Sep 2019

Increase in Teal and Red Knot arrival

A decent sign of autumnal migration this morning with at least 1061 Teal counted on the scrapes. Another notable count involved a large flock of Red Knot with at least 158 coming to the Top New Piece over high tide and another 38 heading in to join them. ...

WeBS count and Cattle Egrets again
15 Sep 2019

WeBS count and Cattle Egrets again

At least two Cattle Egret remained on site today, one was seen early morning on the South Lake with two again among the Longhorn Cattle on the Top New Piece. The adult Spotted Redshank (pictured) has returned and was on the Tack Piece scrape, we have allo...

A grey start
11 Sep 2019

A grey start

A rather miserable looking morning but a few nice birds around to brighten things up...

Hen Harrier
10 Sep 2019

Hen Harrier

Hen HarrierWe are pleased to be hosting a juvenile Hen Harrier this morning, this mobile bird has been seen hunting near to and over Middle Point and has also visited the North end of the reserve, the spartina island and Dumbles foreshore. It was mobbed b...

Spotted Redshank arrive
09 Sep 2019

Spotted Redshank arrive

Two Spotted Redshank have arrived today, one seen and heard arriving from the North as it flew down the etuary and toward the scrapes, an adult and juvenile were locarted on the Rushy but moved to the South Lake where the adult settled in to roost among t...

Good day for raptors
08 Sep 2019

Good day for raptors

A sunny September day usually leads to numerous raptor sightings, the Wild Safaris proved this to be the case today. 5+ Buzzard, 2+ Hobby, 3+ Kestrel and Sparrowhawk were all seen on the 11:30am-1pm session. We also logged a Great White Egret, 2 Little Eg...

A spotted surprise
06 Sep 2019

A spotted surprise

A Spotted Flycatcher was an unexpected surprise this morning, perched up on the hunt in the reedbed in front of the Zeiss Hide...

Monday birding
03 Sep 2019

Monday birding

Top New Piece from Zeiss Hide Greenshank, 56 Lapwing, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 juvenile Ruff, 180 Teal, 5 Wigeon, 2 Grey Heron and the Barnacle and Canada Goose flock until they moved off toward to the Dumbles.South Lake Juvenile Little-ringed Plover, 12 ...

September arrives
02 Sep 2019

September arrives

On duty reserve wardens were occupied with events all day yesterday so we never found time to update the web pages so a double update today. Both yesterday and today have certainly had an autumnal feel as we slip in September. The hedges are full of rovin...

Waders and winter waterfowl.
31 Aug 2019

Waders and winter waterfowl.

South LakeGreylag 400+Shoveler 19Gadwall 23Teal 115Tufted Duck 17Cormorant 8Lapwing 28Little Ringed Plover 1Black Tailed Godwit 308 roosting birds.Ruff 8Redshank 38Snipe 1.RushyGreylag 34Gadwall 30 feeding on algae.Teal 69Little Egret 1Black Tailed Godwit...

Big tides weekend
30 Aug 2019

Big tides weekend

Ahead of a weekend of big tides we've moved the Shepherd's Hut on to the top of the seawall, just in case...

Curlew Sandpipers
29 Aug 2019

Curlew Sandpipers

Three juvenile Curlew Sandpiper were on the river this morning with a small flock of other small waders made up of Dunlin and Ringed Plover...

Returning Pintail
26 Aug 2019

Returning Pintail

Top New Piece from Zeiss and Van de Bovenkamp HidesExcellent for ducks today with our first two returning Pintail, four Garganey, 66 Gadwall, 388 Teal, 57 Shoveler and a variety of waders including 8 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 12 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Red...