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The following tables list mainly North Somerset wildlife sightings, the frequency of their sightings, when last seen, where seen and notes.

The RSPB UK Garden Bird ranking can be found within notes.

 


BIRDS

SEEN LAST SEEN WHERE NOTES

ARTIC TERN

RARELY

VISITOR

21 APRIL 2013 PORTBURY WHARF NATURE RESERVE, PORTBURY, NORTH SOMERSET.  

AVOCET

RARELY

RESIDENT

24 MAY 2016 CLEY MARSHES, NORFOLK  

BARN OWL

RARELY

RESIDENT

04 JUNE 2012 SHAPWICK HEATH NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET

2018 No 61 RSPB GARDEN BIRD.

2017 No 57.

2016 No 57.

2015 No 65.

2014 No 66

BAR TAILED GODWIT

OCCASIONALLY

VISITOR

17 SEPTEMBER 2015

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

02 SEPTEMBER 2015

24 APRIL 2015

11 APRIL 2014

30 MARCH 2014

21 FEBRUARY 2014

 

SHAPWICK HEATH NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET  

BEARDED TIT

RARELY

RESIDENT

13 NOVEMBER 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

19 OCTOBER 2018

27 SEPTEMBER 2018

19 SEPTEMBER 2017

21 MAY 2017

02 NOVEMBER 2016

22 NOVEMBER 2015

26 SEPTEMBER 2015 

 

WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.  

BEWICK'S SWAN

OCCASIONALLY

VISITOR

01 JANUARY 2012 BLAGDON LAKE, BLAGDON, NORTH SOMERSET.  

BITTERN

OCCASIONALLY

BUT HEARD FREQUENTLY

RESIDENT

13 NOVEMBER 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

19 OCTOBER 2018

10 OCTOBER 2018

17 MAY 2018

05 APRIL 2018*

28 DECEMBER 2017

21 MAY 2017

02 MAY 2017

06 AUGUST 2016

03 JULY 2016

12 JUNE 2016

28 JANUARY 2016

23 MAY 2015

14 NOVEMBER 2014

05 OCTOBER 2014

12 SEPTEMBER 2014

29 JUNE 2014

18 MAY 2014

16 MAY 2014

WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.  

29 MAY 2011 MY FIRST SIGHTING OF THIS BIRD.

 

SIGHTINGS INCREASING.

* THREE BIRDS SEEN IN ONE SIGHTING.

 

BLACK TAILED GODWIT

OCCASIONALLY

RESIDENT

01 SEPTEMBER 2017

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

12 JUNE 2016

24 MAY 2016

20 APRIL 2016

05 OCTOBER 2014

05 SEPTEMBER 2014

11 APRIL 2014

11 OCTOBER 2013

SHAPWICK HEATH NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.  

BLUE WINGED TEAL

RARELY 19 MAY 2012 KEW ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, LONDON.  

BRENT GOOSE

OCCASIONALLY

VISITOR

18 NOVEMBER 2012 CLEVEDON SEA DEFENCES, NORTH SOMERSET.

 

BULLFINCH

RARELY

RESIDENT

26 JANUARY 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

01 APRIL 2012

24 FEBRUARY 2008

 

KEWSTOKE, SANDBAY, NORTH SOMERSET.

2018 No 21 RSPB GARDEN BIRD.

2017 No 22.

2016 No 24.

2015 No 24.

2014 No 24.

2013 No 26.

2012 No 23.

2011 No 27.

2010 No 21.

 

CANADA GOOSE

FREQUENTLY

RESIDENT

28 DECEMBER 2018

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

25 DECEMBER 2018

19 OCTOBER 2018

10 OCTOBER 2018

09 AUGUST 2018

17 MAY 2018

07 MAY 2018

06 MAY 2018

19 APRIL 2018

05 APRIL 2018

07 MARCH 2018

14 JANUARY 2018

08 NOVEMBER 2017
21 MAY 2017

18 APRIL 2017

25 DECEMBER 2016


 

WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.

SIGHTINGS INCREASING.

CATTLE EGRET

OCCASIONALLY

VISITOR

28 AUGUST 2018

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

09 AUGUST 2018

CATCOTT NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.

SIGHTINGS INCREASING.

CETTI'S WARBLER

OCCASIONALLY

BUT HEARD FREQUENTLY

RESIDENT

 

25 JANUARY 2019

 

PREVIOUSLY

28 DECEMBER 2018

25 DECEMBER 2018

17 DECEMBER 2018

13 NOVEMBER 2018

19 OCTOBER 2018

10 OCTOBER 2018

27 SEPTEMBER 2018

25 SEPTEMBER 2018

13 SEPTEMBER 2018

15 JUNE 2018

17 MAY 2018

19 APRIL 2018

05 APRIL 2018

07 MARCH 2018

16 FEBRUARY 2018

14 JANUARY 2018

28 DECEMBER 2017

25 DECEMBER 2017

 

SHAPWICK HEATH NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET

 

CHOUGH

RARELY

RESIDENT

17 JULY 2009 SOUTH STACK, ANGLESEY  

COMMON CRANE

RARELY

RESIDENT

21 MAY 2016

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

10 AUGUST 2013

HICKLING BROAD, NORFOLK. RECENTLY REINTRODUCED TO THE UK AND SUCCESSFULLY BRED ON THE SOMERSET LEVELS IN 2015.

COMMON SANDPIPER

RARELY

VISITOR

15 JANUARY 2012 KINGSTON SEYMOUR SEA DEFENCES, NORTH SOMERSET.  

COMMON TERN

RARELY

VISITOR

21 MAY 2016

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

13 JUNE 2014

CLEY MARSHES, NORFOLK.

 

COOT

FREQUENTLY

RESIDENT

 

25 JANUARY 2019

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

24 JANUARY 2019

28 DECEMBER 2018

25 DECEMBER 2018

17 DECEMBER 2018

13 NOVEMBER 2018

19 OCTOBER 2018

10 OCTOBER 2018

27 SEPTEMBER 2018

25 SEPTEMBER 2018

13 SEPTEMBER 2018

06 JUNE 2018

17 MAY 2018

22 APRIL 2018

19 APRIL 2018

05 APRIL 2018

07 MARCH 2018

16 FEBRUARY 2018

14 JANUARY 2018

28 DECEMBER 2017

25 DECEMBER 2017

SHAPWICK HEATH NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET  

CORMORANT

FREQUENTLY

RESIDENT

25 JANUARY 2019

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

24 JANUARY 2019

28 DECEMBER 2018

25 DECEMBER 2018

17 DECEMBER 2018

13 NOVEMBER 2018

19 OCTOBER 2018

10 OCTOBER 2018

27 SEPTEMBER 2018

25 SEPTEMBER 2018

13 SEPTEMBER 2018

17 MAY 2018

19 APRIL 2018

05 APRIL 2018

07 MARCH 2018

16 FEBRUARY 2018

14 JANUARY 2018

28 DECEMBER 2017

25 DECEMBER 2017

SHAPWICK HEATH NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET  

CUCKOO

RARELY

BUT HEARD FREQUENTLY

VISITOR

17 MAY 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

13 MAY 2018

02 MAY 2017

24 MAY 2015

23 MAY 2015

01 JUNE 2014

04 JUNE 2012

RSPB HAM WALL, SOMERSET. HEARD 19 APRIL 2018 SHAPWICK HEATH NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET

HEARD 21 MAY 2017 WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET

HEARD 12 JUNE 2016 SHAPWICK HEATH NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET

HEARD 13 MAY 2016  WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET

HEARD 20 APRIL 2016 SHAPWICK HEATH NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET

HEARD 17 MAY 2015 PRIDDY MINERIES, SOMERSET

HEARD 04 MAY 2015 WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET

HEARD 24 APRIL 2015 WALTON COMMON, CLEVEDON, NORTH SOMERSET

HEARD 29 JUNE 2014 WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET

HEARD 13 JUNE 2014 SHAPWICK HEATH NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET

HEARD 18 MAY 2014 WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET

CURLEW

FREQUENTLY

RESIDENT

05 OCTOBER 2018

PREVIOUSLY SEEN
02 OCTOBER 2018

19 SEPTEMBER 2018
21 AUGUST 2018

26 JANUARY 2018

26 JANUARY 2018

03 OCTOBER 2017

11 SEPTEMBER 2016

23 MARCH 2016

18 FEBRUARY 2016

07 SEPTEMBER 2015

26 AUGUST 2015

16 AUGUST 2015

24 APRIL 2015

28 DECEMBER 2014
31 OCTOBER 2014

26 SEPTEMBER 2014

24 AUGUST 2014

13 APRIL 2014

KEWSTOKE, SAND BAY, NORTH SOMERSET.  

DIPPER

RARELY

RESIDENT

09 JULY 2005 RIVER AVON, SHIPLEY BRIDGE, DARTMOOR.  

DUNLIN

FREQUENTLY

VISITOR

26 JANUARY 2018

PREVIOUSLY SEEN
25 OCTOBER 2015

07 SEPTEMBER 2015

25 MAY 2015

24 APRIL 2015

28 DECEMBER 2014

31 OCTOBER 2014

24 AUGUST 2014

16 FEBRUARY 2014

KEWSTOKE, SANDBAY, NORTH SOMERSET.  

EIDER

RARELY

VISITOR

20 MAY 2012 LONDON WETLANDS CENTRE.  

EGYPTIAN GOOSE

RARELY

VISITOR

05 APRIL 2016

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

19 MAY 2012

BLAGDON LAKE, BLAGDON, NORTH SOMERSET.  

 

 

 

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The buzzard (Buteo buteo)

Family - Accipitridae. Hawks, vultures and eagles.

Length - 50 to 57cm. Wingspan - 1.13 to 1.28m. Weight - 550 to 1,200g. Lifespan - Up to 25 years. Conservation Status - Secure.

Seen - All year round near wooded hillsides, cliffs and farmland. They soar, display and call most in spring.

Eats - Small mammals especially voles and small rabbits, birds and carrion.

Nests - Built of sticks from March to June on a cliff ledge or tree top. 2 - 4 eggs. 1 brood.

 

One of the most common and widespread European birds of prey. Buzzards are impressive whether soaring effortlessly or sitting patiently on a telegraph pole, they are the largest raptor that many of us ever see. The female is slightly larger than the male, both have broad rounded wings, short necks and short, rounded, barred tails. Plumage varies from pale cream to blackish brown, but from below their flight feathers are always pale with a dark trailing edge. Numbers are now recovering after being persecuted by gamekeepers and deprived of their important food the rabbit by the disease myxomatosis which killed many rabbits in the 1950's.

 

                   

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ANIMALS AND AMPHIBIANS SEEN LAST SEEN WHERE NOTES

ADDER

RARELY 13 SEPTEMBER 2009 WILLS NECK, SOMERSET MY FIRST AND ONLY SIGHTING OF AN ADDER IN THE WILD.

COMMON LIZARD

RARELY

03 JUNE 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

27 AUGUST 2017

14 MAY 2017

14 AUGUST 2016

03 JUNE 2016

21 MAY 2016

17 AUGUST 2015

04 MAY 2015

26 MAY 2014

09 SEPTEMBER 2012

11 JULY 2012

 

PRIDDY MINERIES, STOCK HILL, SOMERSET.  

FALLOW DEER

RARELY 02 AUGUST 2009 NEW FOREST, HAMPSHIRE.  

 

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BUTTERFLIES, INSECTS AND MOTHS SEEN LAST SEEN WHERE NOTES

ADONIS BLUE BUTERFLY

RARELY

22 JULY 2016

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

 

DRAYCOTT SLEIGHTS, NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.  

BEAUTIFUL DEMOISELLE DAMSELFLY

OCCASIONALLY

29 JUNE 2014

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

 

02 AUGUST 2009

WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.  

BLACK DARTER DRAGONFLY

 

OCCASIONALLY 21 SEPTEMBER 2014 PRIDDY MINERIES, STOCK HILL, SOMERSET.  

BORDERED STRAW MOTH

RARELY

22 JULY 2016

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

 

DRAYCOTT SLEIGHTS, NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.  

BROWN ARGOS BUTTERFLY

OCCASIONALLY

05 SEPTEMBER 2017

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

01 JUNE 2017

15 AUGUST 2016

03 JUNE 2016

17 AUGUST 2015

15 AUGUST 2014

27 JULY 2014 

WALTON COMMON NATURE RESERVE, CLEVEDON, NORTH SOMERSET.  

BROWN HAWKER DRAGONFLY

OCCASIONALLY

01 SEPTEMBER 2017

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

27 AUGUST 2017

22 AUGUST 2017

25 JULY 2017

17 JULY 2017

02 JULY 2017

28 AUGUST 2016

26 AUGUST 2016

06 AUGUST 2016

22 JULY 2016

18 JULY 2016

03 JULY 2016

17 SEPTEMBER 2015

28 AUGUST 2015

10 JULY 2015

05 OCTOBER 2014

RSPB HAM WALL, SOMERSET

 

BURNET COMPANION

RARELY

15 JUNE 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

03 JUNE 2018

17 JULY 2017

14 JUNE 2017

22 JULY 2016

20 JUNE 2014

PRIDDY MINERIES, STOCK HILL, SOMERSET.  

CHALK-HILL BLUE BUTTERFLY

RARELY

18 JULY 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

20 JULY 2014
DRAYCOTT SLEIGHTS NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.  

CHIMNEY SWEEPER MOTH

OCCASIONALLY

15 JUNE 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

17 JULY 2017

14 JUNE 2017

18 JULY 2016

03 JULY 2015

PRIDDY MINERIES, STOCK HILL, SOMERSET.  

CLOUDED MAGPIE MOTH

OCCASIONALLY 19 AUGUST 2012 KINGSTON SEYMOUR SEA DEFENCES, NORTH SOMERSET.  

CLOUDED YELLOW BUTTERFLY

OCCASIONALLY

10 OCTOBER 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

05 OCTOBER 2018

31 JULY 2018

31 OCTOBER 2014

10 OCTOBER 2014

05 OCTOBER 2014

26 SEPTEMBER 2014

15 AUGUST 2014

25 JULY 2014

WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET 2014 APPEARS TO OF BEEN EVEN BETTER THAN 2013.

2013 APPEARS TO OF BEEN A GOOD YEAR FOR SIGHTINGS OF THIS MIGRANT.

COMMON BLUE DAMSELFLY

OCCASIONALLY

25 SEPTEMBER 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

03 JUNE 2018

17 MAY 2018

19 SEPTEMBER 2017

27 AUGUST 2017

14 JUNE 2017

26 AUGUST 2016

26 SEPTEMBER 2015

11 JULY 2014

BLAGDON LAKE, BLAGDON, NORTH SOMERSET.  

DARK GREEN FRITILLARY

RARELY

17 JULY 2017

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

18 JULY 2016

07 AUGUST 2015

03 JULY 2015

14 JULY 2013

PRIDDY MINERIES, STOCK HILL, SOMERSET.  

DINGY SKIPPER

 

 

RARELY

15 JUNE 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

 

PRIDDY MINERIES, STOCK HILL, SOMERSET.  

DOWNY EMERALD

 

RARELY

15 JUNE 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

03 JUNE 2018

14 JUNE 2017

05 JUNE 2016

20 JUNE 2014

PRIDDY MINERIES, STOCK HILL, SOMERSET.  

FIELD VOLE

RARELY

14 JUNE 2017

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

 

PRIDDY MINERIES, STOCK HILL, SOMERSET.  

FIVE SPOT BURNET

OCCASIONALLY

15 JUNE 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

17 JULY 2017

14 JUNE 2017

 

PRIDDY MINERIES, STOCK HILL, SOMERSET.  

 FORESTER MOTH

OCCASIONALLY

15 JUNE 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

17 JULY 2017

14 JUNE 2017

03 JULY 2015

PRIDDY MINERIES, STOCK HILL, SOMERSET.  
 
 

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FUNGI AND PLANTS SEEN LAST SEEN WHERE NOTES

FLY AGARIC

OCCASIONALLY

19 OCTOBER 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

 

SHAPWICK HEATH NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET  
 
 
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