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This page gives you the latest bird and wildlife news from Chew Valley Lake (and sometimes elsewhere if there's something good about). Records are taken from various sources and should be regarded as unconfirmed.

When you visit Chew, please remember that you'll need a permit to enter the lake enclosure or use the hides. You can get one from Woodford Lodge, the Tea Rooms, or by post. See my access page for full details. Seen anything good? Please contact me.

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  JULY 2010

WEDNESDAY 28th
Two Garganey and single Common Sandpiper and Green Sandpiper were in Heron's Green Bay, and two more Green Sandpipers were at Hollow Brook.

Two or three Silver-washed Fritillaries were seen again near Moreton Cottage this morning - could this mean there is a small breeding population in the wood perhaps?

SUNDAY 25th
A Garganey and two Little Egrets were at BK hide (East Shore) today.

SATURDAY 24th
A female Common Scoter was off Moreton Bank today; other birds were a Green Sandpiper and three (two juvenile) Common Terns in Heron's Green Bay, a Redshank at BK hide and a Yellow-legged Gull off Woodford Bank.

FRIDAY 23rd
A Polecat was seen near Moreton Cottage at 14:30 today.

WEDNESDAY 21st
Still a few signs of autumn passage starting with two Garganey (BK hide), two Whimbrel over Heron's Green late this morning, three Black-tailed Godwits, one Green Sandpiper, two Little Egrets, one Common Tern and a Hobby.

MONDAY 19th
The Garganey was still in Villice Bay, other birds today were two Black-tailed Godwits, two Common Terns and at least four Little Egrets.

The Silver-washed Fritillary was again at Moreton Lane today.

SUNDAY 18th
Seven Goosander over Herriott's Bridge at 08:30 were a remarkable summer record; more typical were three Yellow-legged Gulls and a Green Sandpiper there. A Garganey was in Villice Bay.

Moths trapped overnight at CVRS included Double Lobed, Large Emerald and Small Dotted Buff. A Silver-washed Fritillary at the entrance to Moreton was (I think) only the fourth Chew record.

SATURDAY 17th
The Garganey was still in Villice Bay, with other new arrivals of Sanderling(Heron's Green Bay), Dunlin, first-summer Mediterranean Gull, 50 Sand Martins, three Little Egrets and four Yellow-legged Gulls.

FRIDAY 16th
A female Garganey in Villice Bay was new, as were four Whimbrel flying south (with one later in Stratford Bay with an adult Mediterranean Gull). Two Little Egrets and 20-25 Sand Martins were further signs of post-breeding dispersal beginning to take place.

MONDAY 12th
Four Little Egrets (an adult and three juveniles) were seen today, with some more new birds in the shape of single Snipe, Greenshank and Green Sandpiper. Three Yellow-legged Gulls were on Herriott's Pool.

Purple Hairstreaks are on the wing now in the usual spot at the car park by the entrance to the Parkland.

THURSDAY 8th
The Lesser Canada Goose from last month was in Villice Bay this evening, with a Little Egret and a Barn Owl also there. A Common Sandpiper was in Herons' Green Bay.

WEDNESDAY 7th
A Little Ringed Plover in flight over Heron's Green Bay was the highlight. Other birds today were two Common Sandpipers, three Common Terns, one Little Egret, two Sand Martins and c.100 Swifts.

TUESDAY 6th
A pair of Common Terns was again at Heron's Green Bay, with three Little Egrets there.

A White-letter Hairstreak was seen along Moreton Lane today - the last record at Chew was in June 2006.

MONDAY 5th
Three Mediterranean Gulls (adult, second-summer and first-summer) flew west over Heron's Green Bay this afternoon; a Redshank, three Common Terns and a Little Egret were seen today.

SUNDAY 4th
Four Common Terns were still around today, with single Green Sandpiper and Redshank in Villice Bay.

SATURDAY 3rd
The three Common Terns were still flying about calling over Herriott's Bridge this morning, and two were then seen on Heron's Green Pool. A pair was watched displaying in the week, but one would assume these are failed/finished breeders, moving through. A brood of five Pochard chicks was by the embankment at Herriott's Pool.

A wander along the footpath to the pumping station produced a decent ten species of dragonfly and damselfly including the Scarce Chaser still, Broad-bodied Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmers, a Southern Hawker, both Demoiselles and a few Large Red Damselflies, which are strangely difficult to find around the lake itself.

A Lunar Hornet Moth was found this morning - please click here for some photos.


I never doubted for a day that it wouldn't happen. Honest. A pair of Common Terns on the tern rafts at Heron's Green Pool. Both birds are wearing metal rings, one of which is also colour-ringed.

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