This site publishes sightings from the Cotswold Water Park, irrespective of county boundaries or rarity.  Each entry shows maximum numbers reported during the day.  Records are forwarded to the CWPT Database and then on to Local Record Centres. All sightings welcomed, as they add to our collective knowledge of the area’s wildlife.

You can send in records by email to cwpbirds[at]gmail.com, or via Twitter: @CWPBirds.

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24 May 2019

Ashton Keynes – Barn Owl hunting on the edge of the village at 9pm – Mark Brooks.

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23 May 2019

No news submitted today.

Fox cub at Lower Moor, by Steve Birt.

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Whelford Pools hides

Here is an update from George Griffiths regarding the hides at Whelford Pools GWT reserve :

“The Whelford Pool first Hide (closest to the car park) is currently being taken down to make way for a new hide to take its place later this summer. The second hide at Whelford Pools is still in functioning order. Sorry for any inconvenience this may course. I will be keeping everyone up to date with progress on the project on this forum and on the reserve. In the meantime if you have any questions please get in touch via contacts below.”


George Griffiths

South Cotswold Reserves Manager

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

Conservation Centre, Robinswood Hill Country Park,

Reservoir Road, Gloucester, GL4 6SX
Main Switchboard: 01452 383333

Mobile: 07464 486732


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22 May 2019

Reed Warbler by Duncan Dine.

Pit 125 – good numbers of singing Reed Warblers – Duncan Dine.

Pit 37 – 2-3 Hobbies – Matt Hyam.

Insect news – lots of Four-spotted Chasers at Lower Moor – Steve Birt.

Four-spotted Chaser by Steve Birt.

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21 May 2019

Pit 68 – Black Tern this evening – Elliott Horton.

Blakehill – 16 Buzzard, 2 Red Kite, Kestrel, Curlew heard, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Blackcap – Nigel Sluman.

Edward Richardson reserve – Hobby – George Griffiths.

Eysey – Ringed Plover, 2 Red-crested Pochard, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Yellowhammer, Sparrowhawk. 3 Black-tailed Skimmers, lots of Common Blue Damselflies, a Cinnabar moth, a Peacock and 2 Common Blue butterflies, lots of Mayflies and a Scorpion Fly.

Roundhouse Farm Quarry area – 5 Reed Warblers, 2 Cetti’s Warblers, Sedge Warbler, 2 Blackcaps, Willow Warbler, 8-10 Reed Buntings, Great White Egret over, pair of Pochard, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Song Thrush, 3 Fallow Deer – Steve Davies.

Black-tailed Skimmer by Steve Davies.

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20 May 2019

Pit 200 – 10 Red-crested Pochard, 7 Ringed Plover, Dunlin – Nigel Sluman.

Pit 74 – Twitcher’s Gate – Hobby 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Red-crested Pochard 2, Displaying Great Crested Grebes, Cuckoo 2, song from Cetti’s Warbler, Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler and Blackcap.  Common Tern about 10, Canada Goose 4, Greylag 4, Lesser Black-backed Gull 12, Lapwing 1, Oystercatcher 1, Curlew calls from scrape, Stock Dove 1.  At least 6 Grey Heron on scrape including newly fledged young – John Grearson.

Grizzled Skipper by Steve Birt.

Insect News – Grizzled Skipper -Sandpool, Lower Moor – Steve Birt.

Black-tailed Skimmer by Ian Lloyd-Graham.


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19 May 2019

Four-Spotted Chaser by Steve Davies.

Sandpool Nature Reserve, Lower Moor – 3 Jays, Cuckoo, 2 Egyptian Geese, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps. Hairy Dragonfly, 2 Four-spotted Chasers, Large Red, Red-eyed, Azure and Common Blue Damselflies. Also, 3 Foxes and a Stoat – Steve Davies.

Pit 68 and Pit 57 – kingfisher, spotted flycatcher (first report this spring), Egyptian goose, sedge, garden, Reed, cettis, willow, blackcap, whitethroat, cuckoo, 2 swift, swallows, h martins, song thrush, 50+ common terns, r crested pochards, bh Gull, little egret, r buntings, oystercatcher, 2 hobbies, g s woodpecker, chaffinch, goldfinch, tufted duck, g crested grebe, chiffchaff – Christopher White.

Common Tern by Chris White.

Mute Swan with young by Ian Lloyd-Graham.

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18 May 2019

Pit 200  – 4 Ringed Plover.

Cleveland Lakes – Pit 68 – 2 Cuckoos, 7 Warbler species – Malcolm Royal.

male Blackcap by Barry Clough.

Sedge Warbler by Barry Clough.

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