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Latest wildlife news and Spring Migration roundup to 28 May
28 May 2020

Latest wildlife news and Spring Migration roundup to 28 May

Breeding wader summary (so far)A pair of Curlew made three nesting attempts this year, two of which were flooded by high tides and the third was sadly predated. At least 10 pairs of Redshank have nested or held territory, at least three broods by 27th.It'...

3 May-9 May Summary
09 May 2020

3 May-9 May Summary

The site remains closed to the public but some staff are working on maintaining the living collection, enabling farming to proceed and some essential habitat management work. High Tides Big tides towards the end of the week flooded some Lapwing nests on...

25 April-2 May 2020 Summary
30 Apr 2020

25 April-2 May 2020 Summary

WWT Slimbridge Reserve News for 24-30th April 2020Ducks The two injured female Wigeon (Rushy and LGP) + the tardy bunch of 7 on Tack Piece reduced to 3 females on 27th and all had departed by 28th (we had to go out to put up the fence). A pair was seen...

W/E 25th April Summary
25 Apr 2020

W/E 25th April Summary

A cracking spring week, so sad not to have visitors to share it with. Ducks Still hanging on,11 Wigeon, 3 Pintail and 170 Teal. At least 40 Shoveler and the female Goldeneye still present to 23rd at least. Cranes At least 13 birds around the...

W/E 17th April summary
17 Apr 2020

W/E 17th April summary

A cracking spring week with temperatures up to 24 c but cold nights with a touch of frost. ...

We are back (a bit)
04 Apr 2020

We are back (a bit)

Slimbridge Wild update.Sorry for the long delay in updating Slimbridge wild but as you can imagine we have been adjusting to the restrictions brought on by the COVID19 pandemic. The centre is of course closed and the majority of Slimbridge staff have bee...

Raptor passage?
21 Mar 2020

Raptor passage?

Passing over todayAt least 2 Red Kites and a female Marsh Harrier heading north west. A new immature Peregrine was spooking everything around the site. Keep your eyes on the skies tomorrow with more clear weather forecast.South LakeGreat birding here agai...

The Spoonbill is back
20 Mar 2020

The Spoonbill is back

The Spoonbill has appeared again on the Dumbles, feeding in the floodwater channels...

More Sand Martin
19 Mar 2020

More Sand Martin

At least 15 Sand Martin were whizzing around the South Lake this morning...

100+ Avocets
16 Mar 2020

100+ Avocets

The Top New Piece hosted 94 Avocet at one point this morning, it can be difficult to get a combined total as these birds move about the reserve, they visit nest sites and quarrel especially on a calm, sunny morning. At least 113 were counted within a 15 m...

Kingfisher disputes continue
15 Mar 2020

Kingfisher disputes continue

Kingfisher HideTwo rather tired and soggy female Kingfishers continued to fight at the nest bank opposite the hide, the male simply watches on. Stabbing, jabbing, bill locking, tumbling down to the water and plenty of body language and calls. The Little G...

Drama at the nest bank?
14 Mar 2020

Drama at the nest bank?

This morning two Kingfishers were seen fighting, locking beaks and dropping in to the reeds...

Iceland Gull
13 Mar 2020

Iceland Gull

A near-adult Iceland Gull was flushed off the river this morning by the rising tide, eventually settling on the Dumbles for most of the morning...

Another big tide
12 Mar 2020

Another big tide

Another big tide filled the estuary again this morning, a little higher than yesterday's...

Biggest tides of the year
11 Mar 2020

Biggest tides of the year

High tide today was forecast to be around 10.7m, one of the biggest tides that we will see on the river​ this year and pretty much as big as the river gets...