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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.
APRIL at Chew The main spring migration month, with the first few passerines already in by the 1st, with the bulk of the other summer migrants arriving during the month. Sometimes we get a few good migrant days, but being an inland site, spring migration sometimes comes and goes without very much happening.
You might see these: Garganey - Usually a bird or two in spring. Tufted Duck - Often a reasonable spring passage - keep an eye out for the odd Scaup amongst them. Osprey - Usually a bird or two passes, but usually they don't stop! Little Ringed Plover - There should be a few birds passing through - the main dam is probably the best place to look Common Sandpiper - Check the main dam and the causeways at Herriott's Bridge and Heron's Green Bay Little Gull - Always used to be a regular bird, but now sometimes difficult. We ought to get some smart summer-plumage ones coming through at some point. Common Tern and Arctic Tern - Usually around the second week, but make sure you get a good look - they're difficult at long range in the spring! Swift - From mid-month - numbers build up rapidly, especially in poor weather Water Pipit - Check Moreton and Parkland fields for passage birds. But seeing as we didn't get any in the winter it might be asking a bit much. Yellow Wagtail and White Wagtail - Check grassy fields such as at Woodford Bank, Moreton and the Parkland. Reed Warbler - Usually from the first or second week - the commonest breeding bird at Chew - there'll be loads by the end of the month.