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No4 bed Development and access

Permit holders are now welcome to visit the new developed No4 wetland. Please keep to the footpaths, clearly mown, and carry your permit with you. W.E.C.G. Read more...

SPRING/SUMMER CLOSING TIME... from Sunday 28th March 2021

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March 2021 Reserve Newsletter -

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Woolston Eyes - Covid-19 Update 08/01/2021

The Reserve remains open during the latest national lockdown but we remind you that the current winter opening hours are 08:00 - 16:00hrs and permit Read more...

Parking Issues- Weir Lane

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Latest Sightings Of Note:

**26 September** - 2 Green Sandpiper **25 September** - Kingfisher, male eclipse Garganey, Stonechat male **24 September** - c40 Pink-footed Goose **23 September** - Garganey - eclipse male **21 Read more...

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Latest Sightings Of Note:

26 September - 2 Green Sandpiper

25 September - Kingfisher, male eclipse Garganey, Stonechat male

24 September - c40 Pink-footed Goose

23 September - Garganey - eclipse male

21 September - Marsh Harrier, Garganey - eclipse male, Little Egret, Dunlin

18 September - Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Wigeon, 10 Skylark, 5 Yellowhammer, 47 Meadow Pipit, 100 Linnet, 55 Stock Dove, 8 Snipe, 4 Hobby - 2 adult & 2 juvenile, 3 Sparrowhawk - 2 adult & a juvenile,

16 September - Hobby, 13 Sand Martin. 51 Swallow, 57 Meadow Pipit, 9 Grey Wagtail, Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Green Sandpiper, 46 Snipe, 4 Wigeon, 4 Water Rail, Kingfisher, 4 Willow Tit, 80 Shoveler, 15 Buzzard, 56 Gadwall, 3 Raven, 30 Linnet

15 September - Willow Warbler, 2 Swift

14 September - Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Hobby, Sparrowhawk, 4 Golden Plover, 42 Snipe, 35 Lapwing

12 September - 8 Little Grebe, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Water Rail, 5 Swallow, Kingfisher

11 September - Reserve WeBS count - 15 Little Grebe, 10 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Cormorant, 23 Mute Swan, 10 Heron, 86 Grey-lag Goose, 54 Canada Goose, 11 Wigeon, 175 Gadwall, 242 Teal, 68 Mallard, 1 Pintail, 83 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 87 Tufted Duck, 1 Mandarin Duck, 1 Goldeneye, 22 Moorhen, 227 Coot, 3 Water Rail, 3 Kingfisher, 55 Lapwing, 3 Green Sandpiper, 1 Curlew, 8 Snipe, 21 Black-headed Gull, 21 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull

09 September - Black Necked Grebe, 4 Green Sandpiper, 70 Snipe, Hobby, 2 Water Rail, 3 Kingfisher, 16 House Martin, 8 Swallow, Sand Martin

**08 September ** - Tree Pipit, 6 Grey Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail

07 September - 21 Black-tailed Godwit, Hobby

06 September - Black Necked Grebe

05 Septemeber - 2 Green Sandpiper, Snipe, Cetti’s Warbler, 300 Teal, 2 Water Rail, Kingfisher

04 September - Osprey, 2 Peregrine, 10 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 3 Roe Deer

03 September - Black Necked Grebe

02 September - Marsh Harrier, 2 Green Sandpiper, Snipe, Water Rail, Kingfisher, 250 Teal

31 August - 9 Green Sandpiper, 62 Snipe, , Greenshank, 3 Swallow, 150 Coot, 17 Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Raven

26 August - 6 Green Sandpiper, 14 Snipe, 2 Wheatear,

24 August - 2 Curlew, Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 10 Snipe, Black Necked Grebe, 11 Buzzard

22 August - 10 Snipe, 8 Green Sandpiper

20 August - Mandarin

19 August - 3 Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, 5 Green Sandpiper, 55 Swift

17 August - 3 Green Sandpiper, Marsh Harrier, Hobby, Common Tern, Wigeon, 30 Swift

15 August - 9 Green Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Snipe, Kingfisher, 12 Swift

14 August - circa 9 Green Sandpipers, 6 Snipe, Swift, Peregrine, Marsh Harrier

12 August - Hobby, Green Sandpiper, juvenile Black Necked Grebe, 13 Black-tailed Godwit, Marsh Harrier, 2 Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Little Ringed Plover, Snipe, 39 Common Blue butterflies, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Water Vole

10 August - Common Tern, Marsh Harrier, 2 Sparrowhawk, Oystercatcher, 3 Green Sandpiper

08 August - Cuckoo, Green Sandpiper, Black Necked Grebe

07 August - Crossbill, 3 juvenile Black Necked Grebe, 330 Swift, Redshank, 6 Green Sandpiper,

05 August - 6 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Green Sandpiper, 5 Snipe, Yellow Wagtail, 64 Stock Dove, 80 Linnets, 2 Raven, 150 Goldfinch, Marsh Harrier, Black Necked Grebe

04 August - 2 juvenile Black Necked Grebe, Greenshank, Marsh Harrier, Garden Warbler

03 August - Wood Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 12 Snipe, Black Necked Grebe, 2 Crossbill, Hobby

02 August - Hobby

01 August - Hobby, Smooth Newt

31 July 2021 - Hobby, Marsh Harrier, 7 Black Necked Grebe, 2 juvenile Teal 4 Green Sandpiper, 4 Little Ringed Plover, Curlew, Yellow Wagtail, 7 Snipe, 9 Common Tern

29 July 2021 - Common Tern, Little Egret, Kingfisher, Marsh Harrier, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 100 Swift with a few Swallows, Sand & House Martin

26 July 2021 - Dragonflies - 7 Brown Hawkers, 4 Common Darter, 7 Ruddy Darter, + 24 Common Blue, 15 Red-eyed Damselflies

25 July 2021 - 2 Little Ringed Plover, Marsh Harrier, 60 Swift, Water Rail

24 July 2021 - Marsh Harrier, 3 Snipe, Black Necked Grebe, Broad-leaved Helleborine, Dragonflies - 15 Common Darter, 7 Black-tailed Skimmer, Brown Hawker, possible Southern Hawker

22 July 2021 - Little Egret, Marsh Harrier, Hobby, 4 juvenile Black Necked Grebe & few adults

20 July 2021 - Marsh Harrier, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, 800 Gadwall, Dragonflies - 20 Black-tailed Skimmer, 5 Emperor, 15 Common Darter

17 July 2021 - Marsh Harrier, Little Egret, 580 Gadwall, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plover, Weasel

15 July 2021 - 4 Goosander, Marsh Harrier, Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Dragonflies - 2 Emperors, 11 Black-tailed Skimmer, 10 Common Darter

14 July 2021 - Little Egret

13 July 2021 - Little Egret, 3 Common Tern, Marsh Harrier, Hobby, 680 Gadwall, Garden Warbler

12July 2021 - Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Common Tern, 2 Marsh Harrier

10 July 2021 - 5 Green Sandpiper, Marsh Harrier, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Snipe, 4 Raven, 26 Black Necked Grebe + Dragonfly Brown Hawker, Southern Hawker, Black-tailed Skimmer, Common Darter

09 July 2021 - 2 Common Tern

08 July 2021 - 2 Ringlet butterfly

06 July 2021 - Common Tern, 2 Green Sandpiper

04 July 2021 - Common Terns, Marsh Harrier

03 July 2021 - 2 Common Tern, Water Rail, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, Redshank Pochard, Hobby

01 July 2021 - 560 Gadwall counted, Pochard, Water Rail, Marsh Harrier, Green Sandpiper, Rimglet, Large Skipper, Comma, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Small Torttoiseshell & Purple Hairstreak butterflies

27 June 2021 - Marsh Harrier, Pyramidal Orchid

26 June 2021 - Marsh Harrier,

24 June 2021 - 4 Common Tern, 3 Curlew, Marsh Harrier

23 June 2021 - Green Sandpiper,

19 June 2021 - Bee Orchid

18 June 2021 - Green Woodpecker,

15 June 2021 - Little Egret, 4 Mediterranean Gull, Hobby, Red Kite

14 June 2021 - Little Egret, 2 Mediterranean Gull, juvenile Willow Tits,

12 June 2021 - Hobby, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Redshank, Peregrine, Kingfisher, Kestrel

10 June 2021 - Peregrine, Grey Wagtail

05 June 2021 - 4 broods Pochard, Snipe, 15 adult + 10-12 young Black Necked Grebe, Peregrine, Cuckoo, Dragonfiles included; 2 Banded Demoiselle, 3 Emperor, 5 Black-tailed Skimmer, 10 Common Darter, 22 Four-spotted Chaser, 43 Broad-bodied Chaser and a Fox cub

03 June 2021 - 22 adult + 12-14 young Black Necked Grebe, Tawny Owl

02 June 2021 - Marsh Harrier

31 May 2021 - Little Egret

29 May 2021 - Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, 160 Gadwall, Peregrine. Numbers of Dragonfly & Damselfly around including Broad-bodied Chaser, Common Darter, Blue-tailed Damselfly, and Azure Damselfly

26 May 2021 - Curlew

23 May 2021 - 2 Common Tern, 2 Snipe, 2 Mediterranean Gull

22 May 2021 - Spotted Flycatcher, 7 or 8 broods of Black Necked Grebe, Mediterranean Gull, Oyster Catcher

19 May 2021 - Redshank, Raven, 2 Mediterranean Gull - Butterfly sightings included, Brimstone, Orange Tip, Small Torttoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined White, Small Copper

17 May 2021 - Marsh Harrier, Avocet, Hobby, Bittern

15 May 2021 - Little Gull, brownish Stint, Peregrine, Hobby, 2 Dunlin, Redshank

14 May 2021 - Little Gull, Grasshopper Warbler, Marsh Harrier

13 May 2021 - Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Marsh Harrier, warbler counts; 6 Garden, 3 Sedge, 1 Cetti’s, 17 Reed, 17 Willow, 20 Chiffchaff, 69 Blackcap & 30 Whitethroat

12 May 2021 - Lesser Whitethroat

11 May 2021 - 3 broods Pochard, 4th Black Necked Grebe brood

09 May 2021 - Cuckoo Calling, 3 broods of Black Necked Grebe

08 May 2021 - 11 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 White Wagtails in a flock of 30 Alba, Wheatear, unidentified Pipit which didn’t call.

07 May 2021 - Red Rumped Swallow over nearby Little Wooden Moss heading south towards Woolston

06 May 2021 - Grasshopper Warbler, Jack Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, 9 Lapwing pairs, Hobby, 140 Swift, Marsh Harrier, Little Ringed Plover

05 May 2021 - Marsh Harrier pair, Little Ringed Plover

04 May 2021 - Artic Tern, 4 Mediterranean Gull, Greenshank, Whimbrel, 3 Jack Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Hobby

01 May 2021 - Singing males of Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler, 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 10 Sedge Warbler, 8 Reed Warbler, also Hobby, Peregrine, 70 Swallow, Sand & House Martin

29 Apr 2021 - Lesser Whitethroat arrival completes our standard 10 Warbler species, Hobby, 220 House Martin’s, Common Sandpiper, 10 Swift, 200 Sand Martin, 90 Swallow, 2 Snipe, Cetti’s Warbler

28 Apr 2021 -:Hobby, 5 Swift, Artic Tern, Mediterranean Gull“

27 Apr 2021 - Cuckoo, 4 Swift, 15 House Martin, 110 Sand Martin, 150 Swallow, Mediterranean Gull, Common Sandpiper, Hobby

26 Apr 2021 - Marsh Harrier, Water Rail

25 Apr 2021 - 2 Raven, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Snipe, 3 Oystercatcher, 11 Black Necked Grebe

24 Apr 2021 - 3 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 22 Black Necked Grebe, 700 roosting Sand Martin

23 Apr 2021 - Little Egret, Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Snipe, singing Brambling, Green Sandpiper

22 Apr 2021 - Redstart, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Marsh Harrier, Garden Warbler, Goosander, Sedge Warbler, Jack Snipe, 6 other Warbler species including Grasshopper Warbler, Little Egret, 6 Snipe

21 Apr 2021 - Marsh Harrier

20 Apr 2021 - Jack Snipe, 4 Mediterranean Gull, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Grey Wagtail

19 Apr 2021 - Bittern, 5 Mediterranean Gull, Artic Tern, Marsh Harrier, Pintail, 14 Black Necked Grebe visible, 700 Sand Martin roost, broods of Mallard, Grey-lag Goose, Coot, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine

18 Apr 2021 - Bittern No3 bed, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Sandpiper,, 2 Mediterranean Gull, Little Gull

`17Apr 2021 - 3 Marsh Harrier, Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Jack Snipe, Yellow Wagtail, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 26 Black Necked Grebe, Snipe, Whitethroat, 2 Peregrine, Reed Warbler

16 Apr 2021 Marsh Harriet, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 20 Cetti’s Warbler

15 Apr 2021 - 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Whitethroat, 5 Reed Warbler, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Tree Sparrow, 21 Black Necked Grebe, 15 Cetti’s Warbler, 4 Snipe, Osprey late afternoon

13 Apr 2021 - 2 Mediterranean Gull, Brent Goose (Dark-bellied), Wheatear, Whitethroat, Nuthatch, 2 Brambling, Marsh Harriet, Reed Warbler, 4 Snipe, 10 Swallows, 100 Sand Martin’s, House Martin, 23 Black Necked Grebe

11Apr 2021 - Common Sandpiper, Peregrine, 15 Swallows, 17 Black Necked Grebe

10 Apr 2021 - Reed Warbler, 8 Willow Warbler, 35 Chiffchaff, 22 Blackcap, 54 Robin, 26 Wren, 10 Dunnock, 10 Blackbird, 6 Song Thrush, Curlew, Lesser Redpoll, House Martin, 35 Sand Martin, 11 Swallow, 12 Lapwing, 21 Black Necked Grebe, Red Kite, Buzzard, 2 Mediterranean Gull on a morning breeding bird survey count of No3 & 4 beds

08 Apr 2021 - 2 Little Ringed Plover, Jack Snipe, 3 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Snipe, Wgeon, 21 Black Necked Grebe, 15 Willow Warblers, 27 Blackcap, 42 Chiffchaff, 10 Cetti’s Warbler, 300 Sand Martin, 15 Swallow, House Martin, 3 Water Rail, Kingfisher, recorded this morning along with 2 Orange Tip, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma butterflies

06 Apr 2021 - 870 Sand Martin, 500 probably from roost, 25 Swallow, 11 Black Necked Grebe, Marsh Harriet, Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, 1000+ Black Headed Gull

05 Apr 2021 - 2000+ Sand Martin roosted, 2 Mediterranean Gull, Blackcap, Stoat

04 Apr 2021 - Scaup, 2 Mediterranean Gull, counts of 14 and 20 Black Necked Grebe, 2 Oystercatacher, Little Grebe

03 Apr 2021 - 19 Black Necked Grebe, 1500+ Sand Martins 700 from roost early morning, 45 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 2 Bramblings, 2 Mediterranean Gull, Hobby, 2 Siskin, Redshank, 7 Cetti’s Warbler, 1150 Black-headed Gulls breeding. Butterflies - Orange Tip, 11 Small Tortoiseshell

02 Apr 2021 - 19 Black Necked Grebe. Butterflies - 5 Peacock, 4 Small Tortoiseshell

01 Apr 2021 - 9400 Sand Martin, 155 Swallow, 5 House Martin, Common Sandpiper, Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 87 Chiffchaff, 10 Willow Warbler, 28 Blackcap, 2 Oystercatcher, 11 Black Necked Grebe, Brambling

31 Mar 2021 - Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Dunlin, 75 Chiffchaff, 25 Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, Brambling, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover

30 Mar 2021 - Greenshank, 3 Redshank, 4 Oystercatchers, 10 Black Necked Grebe, 3 Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 20 Chiffchaff, 3 Brambling, Osprey, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Cetti’s Warbler, Kingfisher, 4 Sand Martin, 5 Meadow Pipit, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 8 Buzzard, Raven, Sparrowhawk, 4 Grey Heron, 3 Water Rail,
3 Linnet, Brimstone, Peacocks, Small Tortoiseshell, White species

29 Mar 2021 - 2 Wheatear, Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Crossbill, 2 Blackcap, 41 Chiffchaff singing

27 Mar 2021 - Brambling, 3 Sand Martin, 15 Black Necked Grebe, Shelduck, Ringed Plover, 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Skylark

26 Mar 2021 - Mistle Thrush, Raven

25 Mar 2021 - Redshank, 85 Pink-footed Geese, 7 Black Necked Grebe, Sand Martin, Peregrine, 3 Pintail, 7 Lesser Redpoll, 12 Lapwing, 2 Ringed Plover. Butterflies - Brimstone, 5 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell

23 Mar 2021 - Goosander, 11 Black Necked Grebe, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Brambling, 420 Sand Martins through, 4 Willow Tit, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Marsh Harrier, 2 Oystercatcher, Swallow, 7 Cetti’s Warbler,18 Chiffchaff, Buzzard

22 Mar 2021 - Raven, Common Redpoll, Water Rail

20 Mar 2021 - 9 Black Necked Grebe, 2 Mediterranean Gull, Sand Martin, 2 Curlew, Raven, 2 Kingfisher, Water Rail, 5 Cetti’s Warbler, 51 Jackdaw, 3 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies

19 Mar 2021 - 4 Meadow Pipit, Green Woodpecker, Kingfisher, Skylark, Jackdaw, presumed escape immature male Yellow-crowned Bishop and on the butterfly front a Brimstone

18 Mar 2021 - Stonechat, 13 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Pintail, 4 Black Necked Grebe, Scauo, Brambling, 13 Chiffchaff, 3 Siskin, 11 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Cetti’s Warbler, Water Rail,

17 Mar 2021 - Single Pink-footed Goose

16 Mar 2021 - 6 Black Necked Grebe, 22 Common Gull, Water Rail, Sand Martin, Jack Snipe, 150 Linnets, 15 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail

13 Mar 2021 - 4 Black Necked Grebe, 2 Mediterranean Gull, Jack Snipe, 33 Snipe, Water Rail, 80 Linnets, 95 Redwing,2 Goosander, 2 Sand Martin, 5 Lesser Redpoll, Kittwake, Scaup, 3 Goldeneye, 2 Mandarin Duck, 8 Shelduck, 14 Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, 67 Shoveler, 81 Pochard, 251 Tufted Duck, 68 Gadwall

11 Mar 2021 - 3 Black Necked Grebe, Scaup, Stonechat, 6 Lapwing, Redshank, 46 pochard

09 Mar 2021 - 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Curlew, 2 Med Gulls, 3 Black Necked Grebe, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Goosanders, 135 Redwings, Fieldfare, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatchers, Scaup, 2 Ketsrels, 3 Sparrowhawks, 9 Buzzards, Peregrine

08 Mar 2021 - 4 Black Necked Grebe, 50 Pochard, 4 Pintail, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, 22 Snipe, 2 Chiffchaff, Scaup, Curlew, Mandarin Duck

07 Mar 2021 - Raven, Oystercatcher, Black Necked Grebe, Scaup

06 Mar 2021 - Woodcock, 15 Redwing, 2 Wigeon, Redshank, Lesser Redpoll, 15 Snipe, 2 Black Necked Grebe, 55 Pink-footed Geese, Coal Tit, Goldcrest

04 Mar 2021 - 3 Black Necked Grebes, Sand Martin, Pintail, Wigeon and female Scaup

02 Mar 2021 - Peregrine, Yellowhammer, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Ravens, 6 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Goldeneye, Oystercatcher, 2 Treecreepers, female Scaup, 2 Wigeon, Little Egret and Little Ringed Plover

27 Feb 2021 - Mediterranean Gull, Peregrine, Brambling

25 Feb 2021 - 4 Cetti’s Warbler, 45 Pochard, 2 Green Sanpipers, 35 Lapwings, 30 Linnets, 200 Pink-footed Geese

24 Feb 2021 - Drake Garganey, 9 Curlew

22 Feb 2021 - Drake garganey, Mediterranean Gull,

18 Feb 2021 - Pintail, Goldeneye, Marsh Harrier, 3 Sparrowhawks, 60 Pochard, 120 Tufted Duck

16 Feb 2021 - Female Scaup, 306 Tufted Duck, 54 Pochard, Wigeon, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Marsh Harrier, female Merlin, 67 Pochard, 170 Tufted Duck, Green Sandpiper, 55 Gadwall, 45 Shoveler, 80 Redwings, 15 Linnets

13 Feb 2021 - Female Marsh Harrier, 2 Ravens

10 Feb 2021 - 50 Teal, 2 Woodcock, Brambling, 2 Lesser Redpolls

06 Feb 2021 - Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe,