This is the only website reporting wildlife sightings throughout the whole of the Cotswold Water Park (CWP).  We accept all sightings of whatever species. These are all  passed to CWPT to help monitor the CWP biodiversity area, then shared with the relevant biological records centre.

Without your records there wouldn’t be a website, please send us all your sightings using the Contact form in the side column or email to ‘cwpbirds-at-outlook.com’.    Even if you normally only send sightings to Gloster Birder or WOS please copy us in.  If relevant please include breeding codes.   Bob Philpott

CWP Bird List 2014:-  166 (as at 26/08/14)

(Header Photo: Banded Demoiselle by Bob Philpott)

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28 August 2014

CWP 305:  Eysey.  440 Canada Geese, 51 Greylag Geese, 1 Barnacle Goose, 1 Greenshank and 1 Peregrine   Ken Cypher

CWP 306:  Roundhouse (view from gateway on road to Castle Eaton).  1 Great White Egret, 1 Little Egret, 3 Black Tailed Godwit, 1 Shelduck, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Dunlin and 3 Ringed Plover   Ken Cypher

Lower Moor:    From first hide.  Hobby feeding low over water, Kingfisher, Grey Heron.    Migrant Hawker,  Brown Hawker and Common darter dragonflies  Bob Philpott

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It is always nice to receive photographs to back up sightings on this website; please keep sending them in.  Over the years a number of local photographers have supplied superb photos for use on this site, some of which could easily feature in photographic galleries in their own right.

Today I would like to publish a photograph that  wasn’t taken within the Water Park but by Dave Collins at Farmoor.  Congratulations are due to Dave for achieving Bird Photograph of the Week at Bird Guides.  This picture was achieved when the Common Tern dropped a fish and recaught it in mid air.  A superb capture and well done Dave.

Thanks to Ken Cypher for bringing this to my attention.

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27 August 2014

CWP 306:  42 Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 3 Green Sandpiper, Black Tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Little Egret, Great White Egret, 2 Heron, 16 Teal, juv Shelduck, Little Grebe, Sedge Warbler, Pied Wagtail, 3 Yellow Wagtails, Sand and House Martins.    Malcolm Royal.  Mark Coller

CWP 305:  near adult yellow legged gull, 5 yellow wagtails, 200+ Canada geese  Mark Coller

CWP 132: 1 Mandarin , 2 green sandpipers, 1 redshank, 2 kingfishers   Mark Coller

CWP 74:  2 Common Terns, 1 yellow wagtail   Mark Coller

Ashton Keynes: Garden sighting of Coal Tit.   Richard Vernon

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26 August 2014

Great White Egret (Ken Cypher)

Great White Egret (Ken Cypher)

CWP 306:  Great White Egret, 4 Little Egret, Grey Heron, 2+ Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 20 Lapwing, Imm Shelduck.   Ken Cypher.  Bob Philpott.  Stephen Edwards    Also Spotted Redshank, Greenshank and Sanderling.  Stephen Edwards



Great White Egret (Bob Philpott)
Great White Egret (Bob Philpott)


CWP 306 evening:  5 Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 5 Dunlin, 4 Ringed & 3 Little Ringed Plover. Great White Egret and 4 Little Egret. Four Yellow Wagtail.   Nigel Pleass.

Barnacle Goose (Bob Philpott)
Barnacle Goose (Bob Philpott)




Greenshank (Ken Cypher)

Greenshank (Ken Cypher)

CWP 305:  2 Greenshank, Little Ringed Plover, Barnacle Goose, 78 Greylag Goose, 229 Canada Geese.   Ken Cypher.  Bob Philpott.

CWP 74: From Twitchers Gate.   3 Pintail (female and 2 probable eclipse males),  female Goldeneye, 24+ Pochard,  several hundreds of hirundine (mostly Sand Martin) flying low over the lake.   Ken Cypher.  Bob Philpott

CWP 132: Swift, 180 Lapwings, Kestrel, 3 Little Egrets, 6 Little Grebes, hundreds of wildfowl. Spotted Redshank flew over calling, Green Sandpiper on small pool.   Steve Davies

Whelford Pools: 3 Green Sandpipers, 3 Egyptian Geese, 2 Grey Herons with Little Egret perched between them, 85 Lapwings, Red-crested Pochard, 5 Teal, Cetti’s Warbler heard, Great Crested Grebe pair with 2 young, Fox on lake edge.   Steve Davies

BirdGuides is showing a Black Tern within the Cotswold Water Park, Glos.   If anyone has any knowledge of this bird please could you let us know.

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25 August 2014

CWP 125:   Turnstone.   Duncan Dine per Gloster Birder

CWP 74:  Great Crested Grebe 29, Little Grebe 2, Mute Swan 34, Cormorant 66, Teal 36, Tufted Duck 288, Pochard 37, Goldeneye, Coot 444, Water Rail, Ringed Plover, Dunlin 3, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper 3, Ruff 2, Black Tailed Godwit, Snipe 4, Common Sandpiper 2, Common Tern 6, Sand Martin 300+, Yellow Wagtail 8, Cettis Warbler 5 singing, Reed Warbler 42 & Sedge Warbler 35.    Nigel Pleass

CWP 68A:   Great Crested Grebe 24, Mute Swan 26, Garganey 3, Shoveler 39, Tufted Duck 107, Pochard 32, Red Crested Pochard 27, Common Sandpiper, Coot 132, Kingfisher, Reed Warbler 13 and Grey Wagtail.     Nigel Pleass

CWP 132:  Spotted Redshank, Wood Sandpiper, Mandarin, 48 Little Grebe, 42 Mute Swan, 745 Canada Geese, 135 Greylag Geese, 3 Eygptian Geese, 300+ Mallard, 8 Shelduck, 4 Shoveler, 12 Teal, 78 Tufted Duck, 12 Pochard,  juv Peregrine, 230 Lapwing, 3 Greenshank, Redshank, 2 Curlew, Ruff,  2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Tern and Kingfisher.   Nigel Pleass

 CWP 305:   Barnacle Goose, 343 Canada Geese & 83 Greylag Geese.    Nigel Pleass

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24 August 2014

CWP 132: Female Marsh Harrier.   Pete Adams

CWP 132 late afternoon:   – 1 each of Greenshank, Redshank, Juv Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper.  Also 103 Lapwing, ad and juv Common Tern, 2 Little Egret, 4 Little Grebe, 7 Teal, 4 Shelduck.   Jon Mercer

(I have received a comment about some birders leaving the public footpath at CWP 132 and causing some disturbance to birds earlier this week.  If you do visit this site please stay on the footpath around this area).

Great White Egret (Jon Mercer)

Great White Egret (Jon Mercer)

CWP 306: Great White Egret still present at 5.30pm with 2 Little Egrets.    Pete Adams.  Jon Mercer

Shorncote area -several sand martins, house martins and swallows also 3 swifts amongst them, 4 buzzards, 2 kestrels, 20+goldfinch, 5 linnet, 7 little grebe, 6 little egret, 2 raven and a black tailed godwit   Dave Soons

CWP 74:   6+ Yellow Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker. Bob Philpott

Waterhay:  Young Bullfinch.    Bob Philpott

Lower Moor:  Otter   Darren Tonge

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23 August 2014

CWP 74:   Black Necked Grebe, viewable up until 16:30 at least from the screen at Twitchers Gate on the right within the Pochard and Tufted Duck flock.  Also in the afternoon a Yellow Wagtail over and good numbers of Sylvia and Phylloscopus warblers in the bushes.  50 Lapwings flew W from scrape and 2 Whimbrel flew W from there calling as they went.  Sand Martin numbers still high with 100+ visible from screens, also a few Swallows and House Martins.     Nigel Pleass. John Grearson

Also from CWP 74/CWP 68A area:  3 Garganey, Teal, Gadwall, Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, 46 Pochard, female Goldeneye, 27 Red Crested Pochard,  Black tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank, 7 Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin, 5 Green Sandpiper, Snipe, Common Tern, Hobby, Sparrowhawk, 200 Sand Martin, 14 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Swift.    Nigel Pleass

Spotted Redshank (Wilf Lewis)

Spotted Redshank (Wilf Lewis)

Two Little Egret, Common Sandpiper, Barnacle Goose & 250+ Canada Geese on CWP 305.   Nigel Pleass

Mute Swan with 12 cygnets still on CWP 301, plus Tufted Duck with 5 small ducklings   Nigel Pleass

CWP 132:  Spotted Redshank still present     Wilf Lewis, Barbara Palmer

Thames Path near CWP 41: Kingfisher, 2 green woodpeckers, 2 great spotted woodpecker, 3 jay, 6 common tern, 1 nuthatch, 2 treecreeper, 1 hobby and heron. Attached photos are of a female adult kingfisher and a dark bush-cricket taken yesterday. Dave Soons

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22 August 2014

Lower Moor Farm :  Redstart 1m 1f, Longtailed Tit 11, Green Woodpecker 1, Heron 1  Keith Perkins

Shorncote Area:  Lapwing 9, Little Grebe 13, Common Tern 5 and 2 juv, Little Egret 3,
Heron 2, Reed Bunting 4, Hobby 1, Kestrel  3, Red Crested Pochard 7, Tufted Duck 20 +, Raven 1, Buzzard 3   Keith Perkins    (N.B: There is still water on the footpath, boots needed).

South Cerney Park:  Yellow Wagtail 1, Pied Wagtail 16   Keith Perkins

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