Martin Wright’s Winter Wildlife Watch Report
Wallbridge — 15th March
A bumper group of thirteen people turned out on the warmest day of the year (so far) for another walk starting from Wallbridge Lock Visitor Centre.
In order to avoid the towpath closure at Bowbridge we headed west towards Ebley Mill.
We set off along the disused railway line towards Dudbridge, a haven for woodland wildlife.
We spotted most woodland birds, Treecreepers, Nuthatch, Goldcrests, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tits and Bullfinch and Jays. It was also good to see and hear, our first Chiffchaff of the year.
A real sign of spring
We then emerged from tree cover into warm sunshine beside the Nailsworth Stream, as it joins the River Frome. Here we spotted a Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly enjoying nectar from a Colts Foot growing on the river bank . A real sign of spring!
‘Mirrored Moorhen’ — Photo by Mike Beer
Our route then took us over the A419, along the disused railway line towards Stonehouse, and across the meadows to Ebley Mill.
Back in the canal-side habitat we saw Pied Wagtails, Grey Wagtails, Mallards, Moorhens, and the resident Mute Swans.
We then made a diversion from the towpath at Lodgemoor Mills, where a Dipper was building under a bridge while a Sparrow Hawk was to be seen soaring high above.
Thirty one species of bird seen
Mute Swan, Goldcrest, Mallard, Long-tailed-Tit, Sparrow Hawk, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Great Tit, Moorhen, Nuthatch, Black-headed Gull, Tree Creeper, Common Gull, Jay, Herring Gull, Magpie Woodpigeon, Crow, Grey Wagtail, Jackdaw, Pied Wagtail, House Sparrow, Dipper, Chaffinch, Robin, Goldfinch, Blackbird, Bullfinch, Mistle Thrush and Chiffchaff.