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Portbury Wharf’s Wildlife

Portbury Wharf’s wildlife is very varied because wildlife loves water and there is certainly a lot of that around here. This is a coastal reserve with a series of freshwater ponds and a network of water filled ditches (rhynes).

All of this water makes it an ideal home for birds, water voles, amphibians, dragonflies and so much more. 

 To read about the species found here click on the images below. 

In the summer warblers nest in the reeds while swifts, swallows, and house martins wheel over the ponds and oystercatchers strut their stuff on the island. In the winter hundreds of migrating wading birds and ducks arrive here.

Because it is only just a few wing beats from the Severn Estuary it is a safe haven for wildfowl coming from the channel. Keep a look out as sometimes even rarities come to visit the reserve adding to Portbury Wharf’s wildlife.

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Dragonflies and insects (coming soon)

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Reptiles (coming soon)

Wildlife Posts

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