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  • Blog Post: New visitors at Nagshead

    If you visit the woods at Nagshead over the festive period, you will be sure of a big surprise thanks to art students from the Royal Forest of Dean campus of Gloucester College. The students have created six sculptures specifically for Nagshead as part of their course, which can be found around the Visitor...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Sightings Log

    Nagshead 28-10-2014 A good selection of insects still on the wing in the mild weather, including Southern Hawker , Common Darter , Red Admiral , Peacock , Small Tortoiseshell and Speckled Wood . Bramblings and Redwings have now arrived on the reserve. Bramblings can be found feeding on beech mast...
  • Blog Post: Early autumn

    Things have been fairly quiet on the reserves lately, as is usual for this time of year. Our summer migrant birds are all on the move southwards and our winter visitors have not yet arrived. Lots of nature can still be found however, especially around the Nursery Meadows and ponds at Nagshead . Dragonfly...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Sightings Log

    Nagshead 15-08-2014 Lower Hide area: A Kingfisher showing very well, catching dragonfly nymphs from the top pond. Also a family of Spotted Flycatchers . Short Trail: A family party of Spotted Flycatchers and a Hawfinch . Long Trail: A family group of Wild Boar and a Fallow Deer reported...
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    Nagshead 22-07-2014 Lower Hide area: A male Pied Flycatcher in subsong, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Grey Wagtail . Short Trail: Two Hawfinches , two family parties of Spotted Flycatchers . Car park area: Two Silver-washed Fritillaries.
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    Nagshead 10-07-2014 Lower Hide area: A pair of Redstarts with fledged young, two Grey Wagtails (female and juvenile), a Kingfisher , two Fallow Deer and a Fox . Car park area: At least two Silver-washed Fritillaries feeding on thistle and bramble flowers.
  • Forum Reply: RE: Sightings Log

    Nagshead 04-07-2014 Redstart: Male in the Lower Hide area. Pied Flycatcher: Juvenile bathing from Campbell Hide. Spotted Flycatcher: Pair feeding fledged young on Short Trail. Silver-washed Fritillary: 2 fresh individuals around the Visitor Centre/car park. Fallow Deer: ...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Sightings Log

    Nagshead 29-05-2014 Pied Flycatcher: Pairs around Short Trail and Lower Hide area. Redstart: 2 pairs on Short Trail, 3 singing males in Lower Hide area. Wood Warbler: Singing male in mixed woodland on the north side of the heath on Long Trail, 2 singing males along the Gloucestershire...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Sightings Log

    Nagshead 07-05-2014 Pied Flycatchers are now well spread around the Short Trail and Lower Hide area. Singing Redstarts can also be found on Short Trail and at Lower Hide. A singing Wood Warbler is in mixed woodland just beyond the quarry on Long Trail. Singing Garden Warblers can be found at Nursery...
  • Blog Post: Summer migrants arrive

    The settled weather over recent weeks has resulted in a good number of summer migrants turning up a little earlier than usual. The first Pied Flycatcher was found in the Lower Hide area at Nagshead on April 10th, followed by two singing Redstarts in Russell's Inclosure on April 12th. The table below...
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    Nagshead 17-04-2014 Short Trail: 2 singing Pied Flycatchers , a Hawfinch and a Holly Blue butterfly. Long Trail: 6 Crossbills and a Peacock butterfly at the heath.
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    Nagshead 16-04-2014 Short Trail: 2 Singing Pied Flycatchers and a male Redstart . Highnam Woods 16-04-2014 A singing Nightingale on the nature trail just beyond the car park (first of the year).
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    Nagshead 11-04-2014 Russell's Inclosure: More migrant arrivals this morning with our first two singing Redstarts in oak woodland in Russell's Inclosure. Also two singing Tree Pipits on the clearing there.
  • Forum Reply: RE: Sightings Log

    Nagshead 10-04-2014 The first male Pied Flycatcher of the year along the roped path to Lower Hide late morning. Also a Hawfinch near Campbell Hide late afternoon and a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker reported in Russell's Inclosure.
  • Forum Reply: RE: Sightings Log

    Nagshead 03-04-2014 Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps well represented across the reserve now. Russell's Inclosure: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker drumming over a wide area at Farmers Green 2 singing Willow Warblers (first of the year) 1 singing Tree Pipit (first of the year) 1 Hawfinch 2 Crossbills...
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    Nagshead 25-03-2014 Singing Chiffchaffs are now well spread across the reserves Russell's Inclosure: 1 singing Hawfinch c15 Redwings feeding in Ivy, some in song The heath (Long Trail): A pair of Crossbills in pines around the heath 1 Slow Worm basking at the side of the path...
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    Nagshead 18-03-2014 Short Trail: 1 singing Firecrest Nursery Meadows / car park area: 2 male Hawfinches around the meadows 2 Crossbills feeding in pines at the bottom of the meadows 1 singing Chiffchaff around the meadows 15 Redwings feeding on the meadows 1 female Brambling in front...
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    Nagshead 14-03-2014 Short Trail: 1 singing Firecrest (first of the year) 2 Hawfinches 2 Ravens overhead Long Trail: 4+ Crossbills around the heath 2 Bramblings in beech woodland by the quarry Nursery Meadows: A pair of Crossbills came to drink from the pond Many spawning Common...
  • Blog Post: Signs of spring

    Spring really doesn't feel far away now, with increasing day length and a definite warmth to the sun in sheltered spots. Snowdrops have carpeted the slope below the Pinetum at Highnam Woods for the past couple of weeks and the appearance of a Grey Heron stalking the Nursery Pond at Nagshead heralded...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Sightings Log

    Nagshead 27-02-2014 Nursery Meadows: 3 Common Crossbills feeding in larches at the bottom of the meadows Lots of Frogs spawning in the Nursery Pond Lower Hide: 1 Hawfinch in the Lower Hide area Long Trail: 1 basking Adder (first of the year)
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    Nagshead 20-02-2014 Car Park / Nursery Meadows area: 1 Hawfinch 1 male Sparrowhawk 25 Common Crossbills over N Short Trail: 4 Hawfinches 1 adult Goshawk over E The Heath (Long Trail): 1 Hawfinch 7 Fallow Deer
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    Nagshead 07-02-2014 Short Trail: 1 singing male Hawfinch 2 drumming Great Spotted Woodpeckers Nursery Meadows: 2 Bullfinches at the pond 1 Grey Heron waiting for frogs to arrive at the pond (always a good indicator of spring when the heron shows up there!) 5+ Redwings Lower Hide...
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    Highnam Woods 22-01-2014 North end of the reserve near the Pinetum: 1 male Hawfinch Nagshead 23-01-2014 Nursery Meadows: 1 male Hawfinch in trees at the crossroads in the centre of the meadows 6+ Common Crossbills in pines around the edge of the meadows Long Trail: 1 adult Goshawk...
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    Nagshead 20-01-2014 Russell's Inclosure (east side of reserve): GREAT GREY SHRIKE again on the north-eastern edge of the reserve along the cycle track between the stoneworks and Three Brothers mid afternoon SO615098 (fantastic views!) Great Grey Shrike
  • Forum Reply: RE: Sightings Log

    Nagshead 14-01-2013 Nursery Meadows / Car Park area: 6 Common Crossbills in conifers around the edge of the meadows, but mobile 3 Bullfinches at Nursery Pond 2 Hawfinches flew NW over the car park Lower Hide: 1 Kingfisher around the ponds The Heath (Long Trail): 4+ Hawfinches feeding...