Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve This is a 150 acre nature reserve on the edge of the Severn Estuary between Portishead and Royal Portbury Dock. It was in 2008 that Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve was first conceived to offset… Read More
Welcome to July – find out what to look out for this month . . . On this page (last updated 7 July): What to look for this month Next wildlife counts Helping the warden Hinkley Connection Project… Read More
Wildlife monitoring plays an important part in conservation. If you know what is around, and what isn’t, you can make the right choices in land management. So we are counting the wildlife here at Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve…. Read More
Now the hides are open, it is even easier to see these waders. This oystercatcher was on the south pools but there are also a couple on the north pools island. This one was very keen to see off any gulls that wandered too near. ... See MoreSee Less
How appropriate to record new insect species on the reserve during National Insect Week! Portbury Wharf really is a great wetland for dragonflies and damselflies. Thanks to the Dragonfly Survey Team for their dedication and expertise. ... See MoreSee Less
This pair of Hawk Moths were hanging around in my garden impersonating dead leaves. I am sharing these as it is National Insect Week. So see how many insects you can find this week . . . there are estimated to be 27,000 different insect species in the UK so plenty out there.
I think this is a Wide Bodied Chaser, can anyo identify it accurately ? I think the little bird very high in the Sky is a Kestrel but so far away difficult to certain. Lots of House Martins areound ... See MoreSee Less
Today we managed to complete the first dragonfly survey of the year on the reserve - while ensuring, of course, that we kept our social distancing!
We saw three species of Damselfly: Common Blue, Azure and Large Red and four species of Dragonfly: Hairy, Broad-bodied Chaser, Four-spot Chaser and Scarce Chaser. As you can see from the photos, breeding is in full swing for the Azure damsels, with numerous mating and ovipositing (egg laying) pairs. There were a good number of Hairy Dragonflies patrolling the rhynes and we found one pair of mating (not a great photo!). The other 3 dragonfly species have only just started to emerge and the individuals we saw were pristine fresh young adults.
If the weather stays warm there should be a lot more to see on the reserve in the coming weeks! ... See MoreSee Less
Work at Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve As part of the Hinkley Connection Project, we are working with Western Power Distribution (WPD) to make changes to the local electricity distribution network. Our work at Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve includes removing some of the existing pylons, replacing them...