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Wildlife Watch Report No. 1

Wildlife Watch from Wallbridge 17th January — Martin Wright reports

With a smattering of snow, and freezing temperatures overnight, it was a surprise to find nine people waiting to set off from the Cotswold Canals Trust Visitor Centre at Wallbridge.

In fact, it turned out to be very good morning, blues skies and unbroken sunshine accompanied by a chilly wind.
We set out along the canal towards Griffin Mill, and then across the river and up the track to Butterow.
Birds were rather difficult to find, with the river level probably too high for the resident Dipper and Kingfisher.

Spring is on its way!

We did hear bird song though, with both Great Tits and Robins in good voice.

We did well for sightings of woodland birds with Goldcrest, Blue and Long-tailed Tits, and in more open country, Redwings and Fieldfares.

We walked back down the hill, and along the towpath to Griffin Mill. The main interest in this section was the dredging in progress that has completely transformed the canal. Some time was spent watching and learning about this process.

Wildlife Watchers, somewhat distracted, photographed by Martin Wright

The highlight on the way back was a very smart Grey Wagtail at Capels Mill, and then back for a coffee at Upper Lock Cafe.

Birds seen

Mallard, Redwing, Moorhen, Goldcrest, Black-headed Gull, Great Tit, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Blue Tit, Woodpigeon, Long-tailed Tit, Pied Wagtail, Magpie, Grey Wagtail, Jackdaw, Wren, Rook, Dunnock, Carrion Crow, Robin, Goldfinch, Blackbird, Bullfinch and Fieldfare.

A Goldcrest photographed three days earlier at Bonds Mill by Mike Gallagher

The Next Session

The next Waterside Wildlife Watch session will meet at
The New Red Lion Inn at Chalford, GL6 8DJ on Wednesday 31st January

Click here to read Martin’s overview of this year’s sessions

A message for Wildlife Watchers

We would like to build up a collection of wildlife photos seen on Martins Wildlife Watch Sessions.
Most smartphones capture good hi-res images these days, so have yours ready.
A complimentary slice of cake awaits in Upper Lock Cafe for the first Wildlife Watcher to press the button
on one of the numerous otters to be seen in and around the waterways through Stroud.

Click here to email your hi-resolution jpg pics to CCT Head Office

Click here, or on the on the poster icon below, to print your own reminder sheet