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Welcome to October – find out what to look out for this month  . . .
 These are strange days with the COVID-19 lockdown and we hope everyone stays safe and well during this crisis. Many of you are visiting the reserve for daily exercise and to enjoy nature’s therapy. Please be sure to carry out social distancing when you see other visitors and most importantly be kind to one another.

Small gestures can make a BIG difference and a cheery hello is always good for lifting spirits. 

Walking the dog along the sea wall on a frosty morning

On this page (last updated 6 October):

Celebrating our migratory birds

This month is World Migratory Bird Day (October 10th).

Portbury Wharf is an important place for migratory birds which spend the winter here to escape harsh arctic conditions. See more about these winter birds and how you can help them in our Bird Migration page.

What to look out for this month

OCTOBER – What to look out for

Welcome to October! We are well into the autumn and this can be a lovely time of year with lots going on. Birds While the summer birds have gone south to find warmer climates, the winter birds are… Read More

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Wildlife Counts

Both the Warden and the Friends carry out wildlife counts. You need to know what wildlife is visiting the reserve so you can manage the land effectively. These counts also feed into national wildlife records. There are at least two counts per month. You can read more about the Friends’ wildlife counts and download a spotting card on our Wildlife Monitoring page.

Next “Friends” count:

  •  Due to the current crisis our group wildlife counts are on hold at the moment. 

We will let you know when things open up again. Anyone is welcome to join us whatever your level of experience. This is a great opportunity to learn about the wildlife and pick up spotting tips. Please contact us beforehand to confirm meeting place.

Helping the warden

The reserve is managed by North Somerset Council. The Council employs a warden who is responsible for maintaining the nature reserve and with so much to do he needs volunteers. All sessions run from 09:30 to 12:30 meeting at the Wharf Lane Car Park (BS20 7TD). Tools, gloves and refreshments are provided.

The next Volunteer Community Work Sessions:

  •  To be advised 

PS You can get in touch with the warden directly via Portbury Wharf Community Volunteers Facebook page.

Hinkley Connection Project

 Important there are restrictions and closures at the Sheepway entrance to the reserve due to the Hinkley Connection Project. Please see the April 2020 update for more info about that. 

To protect the migratory birds which spend the winter here all work which might disturb these birds will cease between September and April.

To read about the pylon work project taking place on the nature reserve please see Hinkley Connection Project.

Previous briefing:

Hinkley Connection Update April 2020

This update relates to the continuation of work at Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve and the extra safety measures being taken during the Covid-19 pandemic. This is a briefing we have received from the Community Relations Team of the… Read More

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New to website

Recent Pages:

Learn about insects on our Have Fun Learning page added June 2020

Bird Migration added September 2020

Wigeon added January 2020

Dunlins added December 2019

Portbury Wharf Salt Marsh added 15 October 2019

Portbury Wharf Plants updated 10 October 2019

Ivy added September 2019

Hinkley Connection Project added September 2019

Nature Trails added September 2019

Please support us added September 2019

Dragonflies and Damselflies updated August 2019

Dragonfly Spotting Tips added July 2019

Dragonfly Survey added July 2019

Portbury Wharf’s Roe Deer added in April 2019

Recent Posts:

OCTOBER – What to look out for

Welcome to October! We are well into the autumn and this can be a lovely time of year with lots going on. Birds While the summer birds have gone south to find warmer climates, the winter birds are… Read More

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SEPTEMBER – What to look out for

September is here! By the meteorological calendar, the first day of autumn begins on 1 September and ends on 30 November. So  autumn is officially here. The weather may be sunny and warm at times, but nature is… Read More

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AUGUST – What to look out for

Whilst for us August is the height of summer, for much of our wildlife it’s almost the beginning of autumn. The breeding season’s over, lots of plants are ripe with fruit and some bird species are even starting… Read More

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