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Wildlife Monitoring

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.

Orchid Surveys

In 2018 we carried out orchid surveys with the warden and found Bee Orchids, Marsh Orchids,  Common Spotted Orchids and Pyramid Orchids along the rhyne edges and in the Sanctuary.

Dragonfly Surveys

Portbury Wharf is a great place for dragonflies and damselflies! So comprehensive dragonfly surveys have been carried out in both 2018 and 2019 with an impressive 20 species recorded. You can read more about this on our dragonfly survey page.

Bird Surveys

Calling all lapwing lovers!

We need people to count lapwings on the reserve. The lapwing is on the red list of birds of concern so it is important to know how many visit the reserve, especially in winter. For a bit more information about this gorgeous bird see our lapwing page.

If you are interested in spotting lapwings there is a counting sheet below to print out and take to the reserve.

Other birds

We also conduct monthly bird counts, so we can record the number of winter and summer visitors as well as the resident birds. If you would like to help, please get in touch.  Experienced watchers will be on hand so you do not need to be an expert.

This is a short video taken at North Pool during our January 2020 wildlife count.


What we do with the surveys

We send the results to regional / national conservation groups so they can compile with other counts to give a broader picture.

It also seems like a good idea to add our counts to the website. Consequently, over time, we will be able to see at a glance how each species at Portbury Wharf is doing.

Here is an overview of some of the bird species recorded at North Pool.










































Spotting Card

We have created a Spotting Card to help us record the bird numbers. You can download it if you want to do your own count and email us the results.

Spotting card for Wildlife Monitoring page 1 Spotting card for Wildlife Monitoring page 2 A4 2 x spotting card_1018 (pdf)