Trip reports

WWT Slimbridge

WWT Slimbridge
Ian Parker

Saturday, 12 September 2015

The weather did not look promising as we left Hemel at 7:00 am to travel by coach down to Slimbridge ...but by the time we arrived the sun was out and the rest of the day was warm and dry. The visitor centre at Slimbridge is modern and surprisingly extensive; in addition to the usual restaurant and shop, there are displays showcasing its wetland conservation activities. Around the 120 acre reserve there are many hides, enclosures with captive non-native water fowl and lots of facilities for children so a great place to take a young family.

Our big hope was to see the purple heron which had been photographed by a visitor on the previous day but had so far eluded the Centre's staff; alas we did not spot it either! We did however spot a variety of waders including redshank, greenshank, lapwing, snipe, black tailed godwit and ruff. Members also managed, inter alia, good views of kingfisher, sparrowhawk, peregrine, kestrel, grey wagtail and a pale phase common buzzard. Common cranes were evident from several hides ... 9 were seen at the same time from the Holden tower; a group of 6 near the Severn shore and a further 3 opposite the Martin Smith hide.

A fuller list of species will be appended in due course. All in all, an excellent day out and many thanks to Alan Corner who organized the trip.