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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

GADWALL

FREQUENTLY

RESIDENT

26 FEBRUARY 2020

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

01 JANUARY 2020

18 NOVEMBER 2019

11 NOVEMBER 2019

27 OCTOBER 2019

18 SEPTEMBER 2019

13 SEPTEMBER 2019

03 SEPTEMBER 2019

28 AUGUST 2019

20 AUGUST 2019

24 JULY 2019

23 JUNE 2019

12 MAY 2019

30 APRIL 2019

11 APRIL 2019

24 MARCH 2019

26 FEBRUARY 209

14 FEBRUARY 2019

25 JANUARY 2019

28 DECEMBER 2018

25 DECEMBER 2018

 

WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.

2020 No 76 RSPB GARDEN BIRD.

2019 No 79.

2018 No 78.

GARDEN WARBLER

RARELY

VISITOR

14 MARCH 2011 LYNCOMBE WOODS, SANDFORD, NORTH SOMERSET  

GARGANEY

RARELY

VISITOR

19 APRIL 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

06 APRIL 2015

04 JUNE 2012

SHAPWICK HEATH NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.  

GLOSSY IBIS

RARELY

VISITOR

28 DECEMBER 2017

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

01 SEPTEMBER 2017

26 AUGUST 2016

12 JUNE 2016

20 APRIL 2016

11 OCTOBER 2013

RSPB HAM WALL, SOMERSET.  

GOLDENEYE

 

OCCASIONALLY

RESIDENT

29 JANUARY 2020

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

24 JANUARY 2019

14 NOVEMBER 2014

06 APRIL 2013

BLAGDON LAKE, BLAGDON, NORTH SOMERSET.  

GOOSANDER

OCCASIONALLY

RESIDENT

26 FEBRUARY 2020

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

29 JANUARY 2020

01 JANUARY 2020

24 MARCH 2019

23 FEBRUARY 2019

25 JANUARY 2019

28 DECEMBER 2018

17 DECEMBER 2018

16 FEBRUARY 2018

14 JANUARY 2018

25 DECEMBER 2017

20 MARCH 2017

20 JANUARY 2017

27 DECEMBER 2016

11 DECEMBER 2016

02 NOVEMBER 2016

25 FEBRUARY 2016

28 JANUARY 2016

01 JANUARY 2016

01 FEBRUARY 2015

06 APRIL 2013

WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.  

GRASSHOPPER WARBLER

RARELY

VISITOR

 

06 MAY 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

 

WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.  

GREAT CRESTED GREBE

FREQUENTLY

RESIDENT

26 FEBRUARY 2020

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

29 JANUARY 2020

01 JANUARY 2020

18 NOVEMBER 2019

27 OCTOBER 2019

18 SEPTEMBER 2019

13 SEPTEMBER 2019

28 AUGUST 2019

23 JUNE 2019

20 MAY 2019

30 APRIL 2019

11 APRIL 2019

24 MARCH 2019

14 FEBRUARY 2019

25 JANUARY 2019

24 JANUARY 2019

28 DECEMBER 2018

25 DECEMBER 2018

WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.

2020 No 74 RSPB GARDEN BIRD.

2019 No 76.

2018 No 75

GREAT WHITE EGRET

FREQUENTLY

RESIDENT

26 FEBRUARY 2020

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

20 JANUARY 2020

01 JANUARY 2020

18 NOVEMBER 2019

11 NOVEMBER 2019

27 OCTOBER 2019

13 SEPTEMBER 2019

03 SEPTEMBER 2019

28 AUGUST 2019

23 JUNE 2019

12 MAY 2019

30 APRIL 2019

11 APRIL 2019

24 MARCH 2019

14 FEBRUARY 2019

25 JANUARY 2019

28 DECEMBER 2018

25 DECEMBER 2018

WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET. 28 MAY 2011 MY FIRST SIGHTING OF THIS BIRD.

SUCCESSFULLY BRED AT SHAPWICK HEATH NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE UK IN 2012.

SIGHTINGS INCREASING.

GREEN SANDPIPER

RARELY

VISITOR

06 FEBRUARY 2011 CONGRESBURY YEO, YATTON, NORTH SOMERSET  

GREENSHANK

RARELY

VISITOR

24 AUGUST 2013 RSPB HAM WALL, SOMERSET.  

GREYLAG GOOSE

OCCASIONALLY

RESIDENT

 

11 NOVEMBER 2019

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

13 SEPTEMBER 2019

12 MAY 2019

30 APRIL 2019

24 MARCH 2019

19 OCTOBER 2018

17 MAY 2018

13 MAY 2018

06 MAY 2018

05 APRIL 2018

16 FEBRUARY 2018

14 JANUARY 2018

02 MAY 2017

CATCOTT NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.  

GREY PLOVER

OCCASIONALLY

VISITOR

24 APRIL 2015

PREVIOUSLY SEEN
30 MARCH 2014

29 DECEMBER 2013

KINGSTON SEYMOUR SEA DEFENCES, NORTH SOMERSET.

 

 

JACK SNIPE

RARELY

RESIDENT

05 OCTOBER 2014

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

27 DECEMBER 2010

SHAPWICK HEATH NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.

 

KESTREL

FREQUENTLY

RESIDENT

26 FEBRUARY 2020

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

18 NOVEMBER 2019
02 OCTOBER 2019
20 AUGUST 2019

02 AUGUST 2019

04 JULY 2019
14 MAY 2019
30 APRIL 2019

11 APRIL 2019

28 DECEMBER 2018

02 OCTOBER 2018

25 SEPTEMBER 2018

02 SEPTEMBER2018

18 JULY 2018

07 MARCH 2018

25 DECEMBER 2017

05 NOVEMBER 2017
28 AUGUST 2017
22 AUGUST 2017

17 JULY 2017

18 APRIL 2017
11 JANUARY 2017

11 DECEMBER 2016
 

WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.

 

 

2020 No 47 RSPB GARDEN BIRD.

2019 No 54.

2018 No 53.

2017 No 53.

2016 No 53.

2015 No 55.

2014 No 59.

2013 No 60.

2012 No 55.

2011 No 58.

KNOT

OCCASIONALLY

VISITOR

20 NOVEMBER 2011 KINGSTON SEYMOUR SEA DEFENCES, NORTH SOMERSET.

 

LAPWING

FREQUENTLY

RESIDENT

06 FEBRUARY 2020

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

27 OCTOBER 2019

14 MAY 2019

12 MAY 2019

14 FEBRUARY 2019

25 JANUARY 2019
28 DECEMBER 2018

22 DECEMBER 2018

17 DECEMBER 2018

19 OCTOBER 2018

27 SEPTEMBER 2018

25 SEPTEMBER 2018

21 MAY 2018

17 MAY 2018

16 FEBRUARY 2018

14 JANUARY 2018

28 DECEMBER 2017

25 DECEMBER 2017

08 NOVEMBER 2017

01 SEPTEMBER 2017

02 MAY 2017

17 FEBRUARY 2017

27 DECEMBER 2016

25 DECEMBER 2016

CLEVEDON SEA DEFENCES, NORTH SOMERSET.

2020 No 75 RSPB GARDEN BIRD.

2019 No 77.

2018 No 76.

2017 No 76.

2016 No 76.

2015 No 54.

2014 No 69.

2013 No 44.

2012 No 70.

2011 No 65.

LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER

RARELY

RESIDENT

06 APRIL 2013

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

07 NOVEMBER 2010

WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.

2020 No 46 RSPB GARDEN BIRD.

2019 No 51.

2018 No 49.

2017 No 56.

2016 No 56.

2015 No 47.

2014 No 48.

2013 No 55.

2012 No 53.

2011 No 54.

2010 No 50.

LESSER WHITETHROAT

RARELY

VISITOR

 

28 AUGUST 2014

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

10 JULY 2014

16 MAY 2014

05 MAY 2014

11 APRIL 2014

 

WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.

 

LINNET

FREQUENTLY

RESIDENT

04 JULY 2019

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

14 MAY 2019

02 OCTOBER 2018

21 AUGUST 2018

22 JULY 2016

25 OCTOBER 2015

17 MAY 2015

04 MAY 2015

10 APRIL 2015

02 JANUARY 2015

31 OCTOBER 2014

26 SEPTEMBER 2014

24 AUGUST 2014

20 JULY 2014

CLEVEDON SEA DEFENCES, NORTH SOMERSET.

2020 No 63 RSPB GARDEN BIRD.

2019 No 64.

2018 No 62.

2017 No 60.

2016 No 60.

2015 No 62.

2014 No 56.

2013 No 49.

2012 No 61.

2011 No 62.

LITTLE EGRET

 

FREQUENTLY

RESIDENT

27 OCTOBER 2019

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

18 SEPTEMBER 2019

13 SEPTEMBER 2019

08 SEPTEMBER 2019

03 SEPTEMBER 2019

20 AUGUST 2019

04 JULY 2019

23 JUNE 2019

14 MAY 2019

12 MAY 2019

11 APRIL 2019

24 MARCH 2019

23 FEBRUARY 2019

25 JANUARY 2019

24 JANUARY 2019

28 DECEMBER 2018

22 DECEMBER 2018

 

WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.

SIGHTINGS INCREASING.

LITTLE GREBE

OCCASIONALLY

RESIDENT

26 FEBRUARY 2020

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

11 NOVEMBER 2019

18 SEPTEMBER 2019

03 SEPTEMBER 2019

20 MAY 2019

24 JANUARY 2019

22 DECEMBER 2018

27 SEPTEMBER 2018

25 SEPTEMBER 2018

28 AUGUST 2018

09 AUGUST 2018

13 MAY 2018

28 DECEMBER 2017

08 NOVEMBER 2017

28 SEPTEMBER 2017

22 AUGUST 2017

02 JULY 2017

02 MAY 2017

17 FEBRUARY 2017

27 DECEMBER 2016

25 DECEMBER 2016

WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.  

LITTLE RINGED PLOVER

OCCASIONALLY

VISITOR

21 MAY 2016

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

31 JULY 2011

CLEY MARSHES, NORFOLK.  

LITTLE STINT

OCCASIONALLY

VISITOR

02 OCTOBER  2011 SHAPWICK HEATH NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET  

 

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FOCUS ON THE BIRD

 

The LITTLE EGRET (Egretta garzetta)

Family - Ardeidae. Herons.

Length - 55 to 65cm. Wingspan - 88 to 106cm. Weight - 400 to 600g. Lifespan - Up to 10 years.

Conservation Status - Secure.

Seen - All year round on watersides, from rocky coasts to reedy lakes, especially open muddy or sandy shores.

Eats - Small fish, frogs, snails and other wetland animals.

Nests - Stick nests in trees often alongside other heron-like species April to July, 3 - 4 eggs, 1 brood.

 

Steadily spreading northwards in western Europe the Little Egret is the most widespread of Europe's white herons. It is generally silent except when breeding when it utters snarling and croaking calls. This dazzling white heron is found in both freshwater wetlands and along coasts. Often lively, dashing around muddy creeks or even over seaweed covered rocks or like other herons standing still or wading in shallows looking for prey. They are often found in small loose feeding flocks and tend to form roosts in traditional locations which attract birds from far afield.

 

         

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ANIMALS AND AMPHIBIANS SEEN LAST SEEN WHERE NOTES

GRASS HOPPER

FREQUENTLY

22 AUGUST 2014

SEA DEFENCES, KINGSTON SEYMOUR, NORTH SOMERSET

 

GRASS SNAKE

OCCASIONALLY

 

21 AUGUST 2019

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

12 MAY 2019

19 APRIL 2019

28 AUGUST 2018*

06 MAY 2018

22 AUGUST 2017

02 MAY 2017

13 MAY 2016

04 MAY 2016

20 SEPTEMBER 2015

30 MAY 2015

17 APRIL 2014

06 MAY 2012

WEMBERHAM LANE, YATTON, NORTH SOMERSET. * JUVENILES 
GREAT CRESTED NEWT RARELY 06 JUNE 2014 PRIDDY MINERIES, STOCK HILL, SOMERSET.  

 

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BUTTERFLIES, INSECTS AND MOTHS SEEN LAST SEEN WHERE NOTES
GOLDEN RINGED DRAGONFLY RARELY 04 JUNE 2012 SHAPWICK HEATH NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.  
GRAYLING RARELY

25 JUNE 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

19 AUGUST 2012
BREAN DOWN, NORTH SOMERSET.  
GREAT GREEN BUSH CRICKET RARELY

02 AUGUST 2019

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

 
DRAYCOTT SLEIGHTS NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.  
GREEN HAIRSTREAK RARELY

03 JUNE 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

14 JUNE 2017

05 JUNE 2015

24 APRIL 2015

06 MAY 2013

PRIDDY MINERIES, STOCK HILL, SOMERSET.  

HUMMING-BIRD  HAWK-MOTH

RARELY

02 AUGUST 2019

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

28 JUNE 2019

27 JUNE 2018

20 JULY 2014

DRAYCOTT SLEIGHTS NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.  
LARGE BLUE RARELY

05 JULY 2019

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

28 JUNE 2019

27 JUNE 2018

14 JUNE 2017

GREENDOWN NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.  
LARGE HEATH RARELY 03 JULY 2015 PRIDDY MINERIES, STOCK HILL, SOMERSET.  
LONG HORN BEETLE RARELY 03 JUNE 2018 PRIDDY MINERIES, STOCK HILL, SOMERSET.