Trip up the coast (Monday 22nd July 2013)

Mrs Y & I popped up to Cresswell with Noddle for an hour or so tonight via Snab Point.

Tonight's Sightings included:
Snab Point - Curlew, Eider, Common Scoter, Velvet Scoter & Oystercatcher.

Cresswell Pond - Avocet, Common Tern, Sandwich Tern, Grey Heron, Canada Goose, Little Gull, Lapwing, Redshank, Tufted Duck & Pied Wagtail.

Low Barns (Sunday 21st July 2013)

Today's Sightings included: Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, Willow Tit, Grey Heron, Bullfinch, Coot, Moorhen, Kingfisher, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Cormorant, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Goldfinch & Nuthatch.

Low Barns Visitor Centre

River Wear
North Hide
South Hide

Northumbria Water Hide
West Pasture Hide

More Wild Boar (Friday 12th July 2013)


Our final full day of our holiday so we decided to get up early & see if we could catch another glimpse of the Wild Boar.

So we headed into the hide & waited......

Grey Wagtail, Robin, Redstart, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Blackbird, Blackcap & Mallard with young were all showing well.

Then a rustle in the ferns behind the pond caught our attention. An adult Wild Boar came into view walking left to right out of the ferns & past a tree before heading back into thick ferns.

A great way to finish a fabulous holiday.

Nocturnal Walk in Forest of Dean (Wednesday 10th July 2013)

We booked ourselves on a Nocturnal Walk with the RSPB in the Forest of Dean with the hope of seeing Nightjars.

The weather was perfect & we heard three different male Nightjar churring before getting a close up of a male in flight checking us out.

Tonight's sightings - Nightjar, Fallow Deer, Common Toad, Glow-worm & unknown bats. Also heard Tawny Owl & Wild Boar.

Ham Wall RSPB Reserve (Wednesday 10th July 2013)

We headed down to the Ham Wall RSPB reserve in the hope of getting a glimpse of the Little Bittern which has bred here this year.

Today's Sightings included - Bittern, Bearded Tit, Little Egret, Kingfisher, Hobby, Marsh Harrier but alas no Little Bittern.

Newport Wetlands RSPB Reserve (Thursday 11th July 2013)

Today's sightings included - Reed Bunting, Greenfinch, Swallow, Little Egret & Little Grebe.

Ross on Wye & Forest of Dean (Sunday 7th July 2013)


The first full holiday of our trip & we met up with Rob & Scott from UK Wild Boar Trust early on Sunday to take us on a walk hopefully to get a glimpse of a Wild Boar.

We had a great 4 hour plus walk & picked up some great tips & knowledge about the Wild Boar & the other flora & fauna of the Forest of Dean.

Despite all the signs we didn't get to see any wild boar, but we did see lots of Common Frogs as well as Common Buzzard & Fallow Deer.

Nagshead RSPB & New Fancy View (Tuesday 9th July 2013)

Today's Sightings Included:

Nagshead RSPB Reserve - Wild Boar (piglet), Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Redstart, Goldfinch, Nuthatch & Blackcap.

New Fancy View - Carrion Crow & Goldfinch

New Fancy View

New Fancy View

WWT Slimbridge & Symonds Yat Rock (Monday 8th July 2013)

Today's Sightings included:

WWT Slimbridge - Spoonbill, Little Egret, Common Sandpiper & Common Crane.

Symonds Yat Rock - Peregrine Falcon, Common Buzzard & Carrion Crow.