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Chew Valley Lake is a semi-natural reservoir ten miles south of Bristol, and is the largest lake in south-west England. This website contains news and information on its birds and wildlife, access, maps, photos, WeBS counts and the definitive Chew bird list.
DECEMBER at Chew After another pretty good November, the habitat around the lake will change dramatically when the lake tops properly up. The winter gulls will increase, and if we get any freezing weather we might see some hard weather movements. Fingers crossed for a decent duck or gull this year!
You might see these: Black-throated Diver - Perhaps the bird from November will linger through the month. Bittern - One or two birds usually overwinter, with one already arriving in November. Herriott's Pool in the late afternoon is best - look in the reeds to the left. Red-breasted Merganser - Look out for the male bird, as usual with a female Goosander. Woodcock - November is the best time to stumble across one of these - a difficult bird to see at Chew. Try the woods on the Bittern Trail or behind the hides at Villice or Wick Green Point. Mediterranean Gull - These should become regular in the roost as the Common Gull numbers build up. Herriott's late afternoon is the best bet. Water Pipit - Check the lake shore around Stratford hide or Moreton - have been rare the last few years. Stonechat - Another bird which has become inexplicably rare the last few winters. Try the Grebe trail, Heron's Green, Moreton Bank. Redwing & Fieldfare - There should still be daytime migrants flying overhead, or look for birds on the ground around the Parkland. Get a good look in case there's something unusual with them. Siskin - The alder wood at Stratford is a good place to look for them.