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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

MANDARIN

RARELY

RESIDENT

20 MAY 2012 LONDON WETLANDS CENTRE  

MARSH HARRIER

FREQUENTLY

RESIDENT

25 JANUARY 2019

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

28 DECEMBER 2018

25 DECEMBER 2018

13 NOVEMBER 2018

19 OCTOBER 2018

27 SEPTEMBER 2018

09 AUGUST 2018

06 JUNE 2018

17 MAY 2018

06 MAY 2018

19 APRIL 2018

05 APRIL 2018

07 MARCH 2018

16 FEBRUARY 2018

14 JANUARY 2018

28 DECEMBER 2017

08 NOVEMBER 2017

05 NOVEMBER 2017

19 SEPTEMBER 2017

22 AUGUST 2017

21 MAY 2017

02 MAY 2017

18 APRIL 2017

20 MARCH 2017

17 FEBRUARY 2017

20 JANUARY 2017

27 DECEMBER 2016

SHAPWICK HEATH NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.  

MEDITERRANEAN GULL

RARELY

VISITOR

01 JULY 2012 KINGSTON SEYMOUR SEA DEFENCES, NORTH SOMERSET.  

MEADOW PIPIT

OCCASIONALLY

RESIDENT

05 OCTOBER 2018
 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

02 OCTOBER 2018

18 JULY 2018

15 JUNE 2018

03 OCTOBER 2017
02 OCTOBER 2016

24 MAY 2016

17 APRIL 2016
18 FEBRUARY 2016

25 OCTOBER 2015

07 SEPTEMBER 2015

16 AUGUST 2015

25 MAY 2015

28 DECEMBER 2014

31 OCTOBER 2014

20 JULY 2014

15 JUNE 2014

05 MAY 2014

30 MARCH 2014
29 DECEMBER
2013

KEWSTOKE, SAND BAY, NORTH SOMERSET.

2018 No 69 RSPB GARDEN BIRD.

2017 No 71.

2016 No 71.

2015 No 63.

2014 No 65.

2013 No 72.

2012 No 71.

2011 No 66.

MISTLE THRUSH

RARELY

RESIDENT

03 JUNE 2012 STOKE CAMP NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.

2018 No 47 RSPB GARDEN BIRD.

2017 No 42.

2016 No 42.

2015 No 48.

2014 No 44.

2013 No 40.

MUSCOVY DUCK

OCCASIONALLY

05 JANUARY 2017

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

16 FEBRUARY 2014

 

BACKWELL LAKE, BACKWELL, NORTH SOMERSET.  

NIGHTJAR

RARELY

VISITOR

17 MAY 2015
 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

06 JUNE 2014

PRIDDY MINERIES, STOCK HILL, SOMERSET.

 

NUTHATCH

OCCASIONALLY

RESIDENT

18 APRIL 2017

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

17 APRIL 2015

11 MARCH 2012

HAZELWOOD MANOR, CHARTERHOUSE, SOMERSET.

2018 No 23 RSPB GARDEN BIRD.

2017 No 26.

2016 No 26.

2015 No 26.

2014 No 23.

2013 No 36.

2012 No 27.

2011 No 28.

2010 No 29.

OSPREY

OCCASIONALLY

VISITOR

10 OCTOBER 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

28 AUGUST 2011

WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.  

OYSTERCATCHER

FREQUENTLY

RESIDENT

05 OCTOBER 2018


PREVIOUSLY SEEN
26 JANUARY 2018

03 OCTOBER 2017

11 SEPTEMBER 2016

24 MAY 2016

23 MARCH 2016

18 FEBRUARY 2016

25 OCTOBER 2015
07 SEPTEMBER 2015

25 MAY 2015

24 APRIL 2015

28 DECEMBER 2014
26 SEPTEMBER 2014

24 AUGUST 2014

30 MARCH 2014

06 OCTOBER 2013

KEWSTOKE, SAND BAY, NORTH SOMERSET.  

PEACOCK

OCCASIONALLY 19 MAY 2012 KEW ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, LONDON  

PECTORAL SANDPIPER

RARELY

VISITOR

24 AUGUST 2013 RSPB HAM WALL, SOMERSET.  

PIED FLYCATCHER

RARELY

VISITOR

21 MAY 2017 WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.  

PINK FOOTED GOOSE

RARELY

VISITOR

19 MAY 2012 KEW ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, LONDON  

PINTAIL

OCCASIONALLY

VISITOR

25 JANUARY 2019

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

25 DECEMBER 2018

16 FEBRUARY 2018

20 MARCH 2017

20 JANUARY 2017

27 DECEMBER 2016

25 DECEMBER 2016

12 APRIL 2016

25 MARCH 2016

07 APRIL 2015

31 OCTOBER 2014

18 APRIL 2014

16 AUGUST 2013

SHAPWICK HEATH NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.  

POCHARD

OCCASIONALLY

RESIDENT

25 JANUARY 2019

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

24 JANUARY 2019

09 AUGUST 2018

17 MAY 2018

06 MAY 2018

19 APRIL 2018

02 MAY 2017

07 MARCH 2018

17 FEBRUARY 2017

12 JUNE 2016

20 APRIL 2016

19 JANUARY 2016

07 APRIL 2015

30 JANUARY 2015

13 JUNE 2014

04 MAY 2014

11 APRIL 2014

10 NOVEMBER 2013

SHAPWICK HEATH NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET. PLEASE RECORD ANY POCHARD SIGHTINGS @ http://www.ducksg.org/projects/sexratios/sex-ratio-data-submission/

OTHER DUCK SIGHTINGS CAN ALSO BE SUBMITTED AT THE SAME ADDRESS

PURPLE HERON

RARELY

VISITOR

09 AUGUST 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

 

NEVER

SHAPWICK HEATH NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.  

PUFFIN

OCCASIONALLY

RESIDENT

17 JULY 2009 SOUTH STACK, ANGLESEY  

RAZORBILL

OCCASIONALLY

VISITOR

17 JULY 2009 SOUTH STACK, ANGLESEY  

RED BREASTED GOOSE

RARELY

VISITOR

20 MAY 2012 LONDON WETLANDS CENTRE  

RED-BREASTED MERGANSER

RARELY

RESIDENT

25 DECEMBER 2013 WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.  

RED CRESTED POCHARD

RARELY

VISITOR

20 MAY 2012 LONDON WETLANDS CENTRE  

RED KITE

RARELY

RESIDENT

03 JUNE 2016

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

27 OCTOBER 2012*

WALTON COMMON NATURE RESERVE, CLEVEDON, NORTH SOMERSET.

2018 No 39 RSPB GARDEN BIRD

2017 No 38.

2016 No 38.

2015 No 39.

2014 No 43

*MY FIRST SIGHTING OF THIS BIRD

REDPOLL

RARELY

RESIDENT

25 MARCH 2016 CATCOTT NATURE RESERVES, SOMERSET

2018 No 38 RSPB GARDEN BIRD

2017 No 37.

2016 No 37. 

 

MY FIRST SIGHTING OF THIS BIRD

REDSHANK

FREQUENTLY

RESIDENT

24 MAY 2016

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

23 MARCH 2016

25 OCTOBER 2015

28 DECEMBER 2014

15 JUNE 2014

CLEY MARSHES, NORFOLK.  

REED BUNTING

FREQUENTLY

RESIDENT

28 DECEMBER 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

22 DECEMBER 2018

13 NOVEMBER 2018

15 JUNE 2018

17 MAY 2018

06 MAY 2018

19 APRIL 2018

05 APRIL 2018

16 FEBRUARY 2018

14 JANUARY 2018

25 DECEMBER 2017

28 SEPTEMBER 2017

25 JULY 2017

17 JULY 2017

02 JULY 2017

21 MAY 2017

02 MAY 2017

18 APRIL 2017

20 MARCH 2017

27 DECEMBER 2016

WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.

2018 No 54 RSPB GARDEN BIRD

2017 No 51.

2016 No 51

2015 No 41.

2014 No 46

REED WARBLER

RARELY

VISITOR

15 JUNE 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

17 MAY 2018

27 JULY 2017

17 JULY 2017

02 JULY 2017

21 MAY 2017

02 MAY 2017

15 AUGUST 2016

03 JULY 2016

12 JUNE 2016

24 MAY 2016

20 SEPTEMBER 2015

25 MAY 2015

23 MAY 2015

04 MAY 2015

24 APRIL 2015

05 SEPTEMBER 2014

13 JUNE 2014

16 MAY 2014

10 AUGUST 2013

PRIDDY MINERIES, STOCK HILL, SOMERSET.  

RING NECKED PARAKEET

RARELY

RESIDENT

13 JANUARY 2013 BACKWELL LAKE, BACKWELL, NORTH SOMERSET.

2018 No 29 RSPB GARDEN BIRD

2017 No 31.

2016 No 31.

2015 No 33.

2014 No 53

RINGED PLOVER

OCCASIONALLY

VISITOR

07 SEPTEMBER 2015

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

25 MAY 2015

31 OCTOBER 2014

24 AUGUST 2014

06 JUNE 2013

KINGSTON SEYMOUR SEA DEFENCES, NORTH SOMERSET  

ROCK PIPIT

FREQUENTLY

RESIDENT

26 JANUARY 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

03 OCTOBER 2017

11 SEPTEMBER 2016

01 APRIL 2014

29 DECEMBER 2013

KEWSTOKE, SANDBAY, NORTH SOMERSET.  

ROOK

FREQUENTLY

RESIDENT

07 MAY 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

14 JANUARY 2018

25 DECEMBER 2017

22 AUGUST 2017

20 MARCH 2017

20 JANUARY 2017

11 DECEMBER 2016

14 SEPTEMBER 2016

28 AUGUST 2016

05 JUNE 2016

17 APRIL 2016

08 SEPTEMBER 2012

BLAGDON LAKE, NORTH SOMERSET.

2018 No 27 RSPB GARDEN BIRD.

2017 No 21.

2016 No 21.

2015 No 22.

2014 No 26.

2013 No 23.

2012 No 25.

2011 No 25.

2010 No 26.

RUFF

RARELY

RESIDENT

05 OCTOBER 2014 SHAPWICK HEATH NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET  

SAND MARTIN

RARELY

VISITOR

18 APRIL 2017

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

23 MARCH 2016

24 APRIL 2015

11 APRIL 2014

20 MAY 2012

WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.  

SANDWICH TERN

RARELY

VISITOR

24 MAY 2016 CLEY MARSHES, NORFOLK.  

SCAUP

RARELY

VISITOR

11 NOVEMBER 2012 BLAGDON LAKE, BLAGDON, NORTH SOMERSET  

SEDGE WARBLER

RARELY

RESIDENT

06 AUGUST 2016

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

24 MAY 2016

24 APRIL 2015

15 AUGUST 2014

22 NOVEMBER 2013

CATCOTT NATURE RESERVES, SOMERSET.  

SHELDUCK

FREQUENTLY

RESIDENT

21 MAY 2018


PREVIOUSLY SEEN
11 SEPTEMBER 2016

24 MAY 2016

23 MARCH 2016

18 FEBRUARY 2016

25 OCTOBER 2015

07 SEPTEMBER 2015

26 AUGUST 2015

25 MAY 2015

24 APRIL 2015

10 APRIL 2015

28 DECEMBER 2014

31 OCTOBER 2014

26 SEPTEMBER 2014

15 JUNE 2014

05 MAY 2014

18 APRIL 2014
30 MARCH 2014

CLEVEDON SEA DEFENCES, NORTH SOMERSET.  

SHORT EARED OWL

OCCASIONALLY

RESIDENT

28 JANUARY 2016

PREVIOUSLY SEEN
30 MARCH 2014

24 MAY 2012

WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.  

SHOVELER

FREQUENTLY

RESIDENT

25 JANUARY 2019

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

24 JANUARY 2019

28 DECEMBER 2018

25 DECEMBER 2018

22 DECEMBER 2018

17 DECEMBER 2018

13 NOVEMBER 2018

19 OCTOBER 2018

10 OCTOBER 2018

17 MAY 2018

19 APRIL 2018

05 APRIL 2018

07 MARCH 2018

16 FEBRUARY 2018

14 JANUARY 2018

28 DECEMBER 2017

 

SHAPWICK HEATH NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET  

SKY LARK

FREQUENTLY

RESIDENT

18 JULY 2018


PREVIOUSLY SEEN

24 MAY 2016

23 MARCH 2016

18 FEBRUARY 2016

03 JULY 2015

25 MAY 2015

24 APRIL 2015

31 OCTOBER 2014

15 JUNE 2014

18 APRIL 2014

30 MARCH 2014

DRAYCOTT SLEIGHTS NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET

2018 No 73 RSPB GARDEN BIRD.

2017 No 73.

2016 No 73.

2015 No 69.

2014 No 71.

2013 No 69.

2012 No 72.

2011 No 73 NUMBERS DECREASING.

SMEW

RARELY

RESIDENT

20 MAY 2012 LONDON WETLANDS CENTRE  

SNIPE

RARELY

RESIDENT

28 DECEMBER 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

20 MARCH 2017

16 FEBRUARY 2018

20 JANUARY 2017

27 DECEMBER 2016

25 FEBRUARY 2016

22 NOVEMBER 2015

05 OCTOBER 2014

24 AUGUST 2013

23 DECEMBER 2012

WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.  

SNOW BUNTING

RARELY

VISITOR

20 NOVEMBER 2011 CLEVEDON SEA DEFENCES, NORTH SOMERSET.

 MY FIRST SIGHTING OF THIS BIRD

SNOW GOOSE

RARELY

VISITOR

20 MAY 2012 LONDON WETLANDS CENTRE  

STONECHAT

RARELY

RESIDENT

19 OCTOBER 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

19 SEPTEMBER 2017

17 JULY 2017

25 DECEMBER 2016

10 OCTOBER 2016

09 AUGUST 2016

23 MARCH 2016

12 OCTOBER 2015

15 MAY 2015

26 FEBRUARY 2015

14 NOVEMBER 2014

30 MARCH 2014

16 FEBRUARY 2014

23 NOVEMBER 2011

29 MAY 2005

SHAPWICK HEATH NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.

 


 

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FOCUS ON THE BIRD

 

the reed bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Family - Emberizidae. Buntings.

Length - 15cm. Wingspan - 21 to 26cm. Weight - 15 to 22g. Lifespan - 2 to 3 years.

Conservation Status - Secure.

Seen - All year round in wet places with reeds, sedge and rushes, also willow thickets and heaths and sometimes gardens in winter.

Eats - Mostly insects in summer, seeds at other times, taken low in bushes or on the ground, often on open grass near water.

Nests - Bulky nest of grass, sedge and other stems, lined with roots and hair on or near to the ground April to June, 4 - 5 eggs, 2 broods.

 

One of the more common buntings especially in any damp or wet landscape and easy to find and identify in summer singing monotonously from low perches among reeds and other wetland vegetation. In winter when males are far less striking they are harder to recognise especially when feeding on farmland or in gardens.

 

         

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ANIMALS AND AMPHIBIANS SEEN LAST SEEN WHERE NOTES

MINK

RARELY

22 DECEMBER 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

25 FEBRUARY 2016

14 NOVEMBER 2014

27 MARCH 2005

CATCOTT NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.  

MOLE

RARELY

17 JULY 2017

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

 

PRIDDY MINERIES STOCK HILL, SOMERSET. UNFORTUNATELY IT WAS DEAD.

OTTER

RARELY

25 DECEMBER 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

05 MAY 2013

26 JUNE 2011

SHAPWICK  HEATH NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET 26 JUNE 2011 MY FIRST SIGHTING OF THIS ANIMAL IN THE WILD

PALMATE NEWT

RARELY 20 JUNE 2014 PRIDDY MINERIES' STOCK HILL, SOMERSET.  

RABBIT

FREQUENTLY

28 DECEMBER 2014

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

05 MAY 2014

KINGSTON SEYMOUR SEA DEFENCES, NORTH SOMERSET.  

RED DEER

OCCASIONALLY 29 AUGUST 2004 HOLFORD, SOMERSET  

ROE DEER

OCCASIONALLY

25 JANUARY 2019

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

17 DECEMBER 2018

27 SEPTEMBER 2018

07 MARCH 2018

25 DECEMBER 2017

09 APRIL 2017

03 JUNE 2016

13 MAY 2016

02 OCTOBER 2015

01 JUNE 2014

16 MAY 2014

15 JULY 2012

SHAPWICK HEATH NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.  

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BUTTERFLIES, INSECTS AND MOTHS

SEEN LAST SEEN WHERE NOTES

MARBLED WHITE

OCCASIONALLY

27 JUNE 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

25 JUNE 2018

17 JULY 2017

25 JULY 2016

22 JULY 2016

18 JULY 2016

03 JULY 2015

27 JULY 2014

25 JULY 2014

15 JUNE 2014

14 JULY 2013

COLLARD HILL, SOMERSET.

 

RED EYED DAMSELFLY

OCCASIONALLY

03 JUNE 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

28 AUGUST 2013
PRIDDY MINERIES, STOCK HILL, SOMERSET.  

RUDDY DARTER

OCCASIONALLY

26 AUGUST 2016

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

26 AUGUST 2012

SHAPWICK HEATH NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET  

SCARCE CHASER DRAGONFLY

RARELY 23 MAY 2015

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

11 JULY 2014

 

 

WESTHAY MOOR NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET.

 

SIX SPOT BURNET

OCCASIONALLY 18 JULY 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

22 JULY 2016

18 JULY 2016

05 JUNE 2016

07 AUGUST 2015

27 JULY 2014

25 JULY 2014

20 JUNE 2014

14 JULY 2013

 

 

DRAYCOTT SLEIGHTS NATURE RESERVE,

SOMERSET.

 

SMALL BLUE

OCCASIONALLY 10 APRIL 2011 WALTON COMMON NATURE RESERVE, CLEVEDON, NORTH SOMERSET  

SMALL COPPER

FREQUENTLY

05 OCTOBER 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

18 JULY 2018

15 JUNE 2018

03 JUNE 2018

01 SEPTEMBER 2017

28 AUGUST 2017

25 JULY 2017

17 JULY 2017

02 OCTOBER 2016

18 JULY 2016

05 JUNE 2016

07 SEPTEMBER 2015

26 AUGUST 2015

25 MAY 2015

07 APRIL 2015

10 OCTOBER 2014

05 OCTOBER 2014

28 SEPTEMBER 2014

22 AUGUST 2014

01 JUNE 2014

18 MAY 2014

29 SEPTEMBER 2013

KEWSTOKE, SAND BAY, NORTH SOMERSET.

 

 

SMALL PEARL BORDERED FRITILLARY

RARELY

15 JUNE 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

17 JULY 2017

14 JUNE 2017

05 JUNE 2016

15 MAY 2015

20 JUNE 2014

 

 

PRIDDY MINERIES,

STOCK HILL, SOMERSET.

 

 

SMALL RED DAMSELFLY

 

RARELY

03 JUNE 2018

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

 

 

PRIDDY MINERIES,

STOCK HILL, SOMERSET.

 

 
 

 


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FUNGI AND PLANTS SEEN LAST SEEN WHERE NOTES

ORANGE PEEL FUNGI

OCCASIONALLY

01 SEPTEMBER 2017

 

PREVIOUSLY SEEN

21 FEBRUARY 2014

SHAPWICK HEATH NATURE RESERVE, SOMERSET  

 

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