Sunday, 6 February 2011

WWT Slimbridge, Gloucestershire....27/01/2011

Slimbridge is a delight to visit as there are always some pretty Ducks to see and of course at this time of year the Bewick's Swans! Swan Lake was surprisingly quiet of birds, with just a handful of Pintails and Bewick's Swans on the water along with Tufted Duck, Wigeon, Pochard, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen and numbers of Shelduck. New walkways have been erected since my last visit that seem to criss cross over the pools opposite the Big Pen pools. A lot of gates to open on close on the way through, almost like a! The various Ducks in the pools were a pleasure to see and it seemed strange to see a Golden Eye being hand fed by the side of a pool by one of the staff. White-fronted Geese, Bewick's Swan's, a single Barnacle Goose, CanadaGeese, Greylag Geese, Lapwings and Dunlin where seen from the Zeiss and Kingfisher hides. Other species seen today were B H Gull, Chaffinch, Robin, Blue & Great Tit, Blackbird, Jackdaw and Rook. Only a short visit today as Glastonbury awaited.

The long weekend in Somerset was brill. I would like to revisit the reserves of Ham Wall, Shapwick Heath and Greylake sometime in the future and in warmer weather. A pity it was so raw cold as Shapwick Heath in particular would have been good to have stayed at longer but the openness of the reserve made the cold air feel even!. I have read that the Starlings have relocated their roost to Shapwick Heath so anyone thinking of visiting would be advised to ring the 'The recorded message Starling Hotline on 07866 554142' for up to date information on the roost. Glastonbury is a delightful little town with quaint shops and nearly every other shop selling Gothic books, jewellery clothes etc, quite mind boggling! A visit to Clark's Village is a must too, I got myself a nice pair of trainers for the warmer!!


  1. It's been 7 years since we visited Slimbridge....we called the day after our Highgrove a lot of changes in that time I would think!

    Your pics are a delight Pam,the Bewick Swans with Pintail is an especially nice one!

  2. No doubt you would see a difference if you visited Ruth. I would imagine Health and Safety is the reason for the new walkways. The original path has gates across with a notice saying ' Ducks and Staff only'.lol! The area between the gates is I believe where they (or at least used to) feed the birds! With the amount of Geese they get it is probably safer for visitors and of course not forgetting what you can tread in if not!

    Thanks fo your kind comment on the pics.