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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High Tide
28 Sep 2019

High Tide

A good high tide covered all the mud banks and pushed a lot of waders onto the scrapes. The tide is due to get higher over the next 2 days and may well come over the Dumbles, Top of the tides will be 09.30 tomorrow and 10.15 on Monday.Zeiss HideA great se...

Friday showers
27 Sep 2019

Friday showers

‚ÄčThe day has seen showers sweeping up the estuary, some being very heavy. Star birds from the last few days remain plus a stunning male Goshawk hunting Teal from the Zeiss Hide...

Black Tern still here
26 Sep 2019

Black Tern still here

The juvenile Black Tern was back on the South Lake this morning, having briefly been seen on the Rushy first thing...

Not yet Spotted Redshank
25 Sep 2019

Not yet Spotted Redshank

The Spotted Redshank was very elusive today, heard first thing over the car park and then later in the morning over the South Lake...

Autumn showers
24 Sep 2019

Autumn showers

The weather has certainly broken down with lots of heavy showers, more like what we would associate with a typical autumn. The water is much needed across the reserve but seeing as we still have plenty of wetland creation excavations ongoing and more hay ...

Monday sightings
23 Sep 2019

Monday sightings

Highlights from the hides and trails includedRushy HideOne Green Sandpiper, 16 Gadwall, 12 Teal, Grey Wagtail, 7 Wigeon + hybrid male, 3 Shoveler, Black-tailed Godwit.Top New Piece/Zeiss Hide1 Avocet, 9 Ruff (inc leg flagged bird), 120 Lapwing, Spotted Re...

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...