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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.
JUNE at Chew A quiet month, with spring migration all but over, and most of the breeding birds feeding young. But there will still be a few migrants wandering around, and there's still a chance of something unusual. If we get some sunny weather and the water level drops, there might be a few muddy margins beginning to appear towards the end of the month.
You might see these: Mute Swan - Usually at least 100 birds as non-breeders arrive to moult. Canada Goose - A big moulting flock of several hundred should be on the lake. Check them for the occasional exotic! Gadwall - There should be a build-up of moulting birds as the month goes by - there could be over a hundred on Herriott's Pool by the end of the month Common Scoter - Sometimes a few appear for a day as they move through (usually drakes) Hobby - Keep an eye out as they could be around any time Coot - Numbers should build up to well over a thousand as birds arrive to moult Green Sandpiper - The first returning ones should trickle through at the end of the month Black-headed Gull - The first juveniles should arrive from the third week Yellow-legged Gull - One or two birds should appear; look for them perched on bouys in the middle of the lake first thing in the mornings Common Tern - Occasional birds throughout the summer Swift - Expect thousands in wet or windy weather