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What’s Happening

It’s summer so find out what is about in July  . . .

We have turned the corner and gradually life seems to be on its way back to normal.  Please still be respectful of others and maintain 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 8 July):

What to look out for this month

JULY – what to look out for

July is the start of high summer. The flowers and insects are at their best and busiest, but many of the birds will have finished nesting. In July and August many birds are winding down and moulting into… Read More

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Celebrating our Dog Rangers

Lots of us love walking our dogs here. So we want to celebrate wildlife friendly dogs who take the pledge to protect our endangered creatures. Bosley was the winner of the April prize draw.

Dog Rangers protect wildlife

Sign up your Dog Ranger

If your dog wants to take the pledge and become a Dog Ranger please visit our Dog Ranger sign up.

 

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 and we can once more invite people along. Usually anyone is welcome to join us whatever your level of experience as it 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

 Wharf Lane footpath is closed for six week’s between 7 June 2021 to 16 July 2021. Read more in the update below. 

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 June 2021

This update relates to the footpath closure on Wharf Lane for 6 weeks between 7 June 2021 and 16 July 2021. Access to the North Pool hides remains open from the old sea wall along the salt marsh. Please… Read More

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Hinkley Connection Update November 2020

This update relates to the continuation of work at Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve. This is a briefing we have received from the Community Relations Team of the National Grid Hinkley Connection Project. We are posting these briefings so… Read More

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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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Hinkley Connection Update February 2020

This update relates to closures and restrictions at Sheepway. This is a briefing we have received from the Community Relations Team of the National Grid Hinkley Connection Project. We are posting these briefings so you are kept up… Read More

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Hinkley Connection Update September 2019

This update relates to the measures being taken to protect the environment and ecology of the reserve. This is a briefing we have received from the Community Relations Team of the National Grid Hinkley Connection Project. We are… Read More

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New to website

Recent Pages:

Curlew added April 2021

Frogs (and other amphibians) have been active and so have we – they now have their very own page – added February 2021

Winter Trail added December 2020

Bird Migration added September 2020

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

JULY – what to look out for

July is the start of high summer. The flowers and insects are at their best and busiest, but many of the birds will have finished nesting. In July and August many birds are winding down and moulting into… Read More

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Salt Marshes Day

Portishead Salt Marshes Day is on Saturday August 14th. It is a celebration of our salt marshes. We have two salt marshes locally, one by the Lake Grounds at Battery Point and the other at Portbury Wharf. They… Read More

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Call for Salt Marsh Art

If you love wild places and care about the natural world, we need your help with our Call for Salt Marsh Art. As part of Portishead Salt Marsh Day, August 14th, we want a pictorial display. So we… Read More

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