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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.

Wildlife Posts

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How to help our spring wildlife

It’s spring and lots of our wildlife is beginning to breed. At this important time we can all do two easy things to help the wildlife here; keep to the paths and keep our dogs on leads. These… Read More


Murmuring starlings or whispering dunlins?

It was twilight. The stars had faded away but it was not yet sunrise when hundreds of pairs of wings purred past my shoulder. What were they? Where had they come from and where were they going? I… Read More

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Roe Deer Antlers

Roe deer antlers regrow each year Only the male roe deer have antlers. Each year, in late autumn they shed their antlers and grow new ones. It doesn’t take long, after casting off the old ones, before these… Read More


Keeping water voles safe

Keeping water voles safe at Portbury Wharf is very important. So the warden and his Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve Volunteers have been busy repairing the hurdles alongside the rhynes. You may have noticed them along Water Vole Lane,… Read More

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Gordano Valley Lapwings

This morning at sunrise I watched 18 lapwing lift off from the North Pool. Once upon a time you would have seen flocks of a hundred strong. Sadly over the last 20 or so years, numbers have fallen… Read More


JUNE – what to look out for

June is the month when the meadows and verges are full of flowers and the breeding season for the birds is in full swing. The emergence of butterflies, damselflies and dragonflies is also in full swing. On the… Read More


MAY – what to look out for

Listen out for cuckoos in May. Cuckoos fly all the way here from Africa and beyond to lay their eggs in other birds’ nests. Did you know it is only the male bird that calls “cuckoo”?  A cuckoo… Read More


March and April – what to look out for

While some winter birds are yet to fly back north to their nesting sites, spring fever is definitely on its way.  March and April is such an exciting time of year with plenty of spring wildlife to look… Read More


February – What to look out for

  Look out for FROGS and TOADS! This is their mating time and they are on the move. February and March is the time when we are most likely to see them as large numbers converge on their… Read More


January – What to look out for

Happy New Year! This is the time of year when the winter birds are here, so next time you go down to the reserve look out for thrushes in the hedgerows and on the ponds the ducks and… Read More


December – What to look out for

IT’S DECEMBER! December is the month of CHRISTMAS and that makes it hard to avoid references to mistletoe, robins, holly and ivy! Let’s learn more about these Christmas symbols which you might spot on a walk around the… Read More


NOVEMBER – What to look out for

Welcome to November! The clocks have gone back, so dusk comes early in November. The first frosts will arrive and the trees are rapidly losing their leaves….but it’s a good time for wildlife spotting. Winter visitors are streaming… Read More

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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


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


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