63+ Great Crested Grebe, 12 Mallard, 20+ Greylag Geese, 42+ Canada Geese, 9 Cormorant, Chiffchaff (heard), 3 Mute Swan, 3 Common Tern, 6 Mandarin, 10 Grey Heron 1 Lapwing, 2 Jackdaw, Little Egret, 2 Wood Pigeon, 1 Blackbird.


West End: 2 Green Sandpipers, 1 Little Egret, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Lapwing, 48 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Mandarin, 1 Buzzard, 2 Stock Dove, 2 pairs of Common Terns at the rafts.

Dam End:  9 Common Terns, 1 Little Tern, 1 Grey Wagtail, Common Sandpiper, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 8 Pied Wagtail,1 Mistle Thrush,3 Goldfinch,3 Bullfinch,3 House Martins,1 Common Whitethroat, Blue-Tailed Damselfly and Common Damselfly.

Whillet’s: An unusual find was a Blood-vein Moth seen by day in vegetation. There are now more Meadow Brown butterflies with 18 noted on the transect count.

Combination of reports by Alastair Gray and Bob Johnson.

Little Tern by Alastair Gray

Little Tern by Alastair Gray
26 June 2015


Blood-vein Moth
26 June 2015


Little Egret and Green Sandpipers
26 June 2015


Whillet’s Meadows: 31 Meadow Browns; 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Cinnabar moth.

Damselflies – 2 Large Red males; dozens of Azures with many mating and egg laying.

Dragonflies –   2 x Four-spotted Chasers males; 1 Emperor ovipositing.
4 spotted Chaser male

Four-spotted Chaser male
by Peter Erridge
25 June 2015

West End: 2 pairs Common Terns,5 Mandarin,1Kingfisher.

Whillets Meadows: 5 grass snakes;1 slow worm,2 Blue-Tail Damselfly;1Emperor Dragonfly; 2 Buzzards;1 Reed Bunting;1Blackcap;1Cinnabar Moth;1 Barn Owl;1 Reed Warbler,1 Whitethroat. All photos taken in Whillets during survey transect.

Grass Snake 17-06-15 by Alastair Gray

Grass Snake
17-06-2015 by Alastair Gray

Common Blue Butterfly 17-06-15 by Alastair Gray

Common Blue Butterfly
17-06-2015 by Alastair Gray

Cinnabar Moth 17-06-15 by Alastair Gray

Cinnabar Moth
17-06-2015 by Alastair Gray

Blue-tailed Damselfly  17-06-15 by Alastair Gray

Blue-tailed Damselfly
17-06-2015 by Alastair Gray