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Seasonal highlights

Each season brings a different experience at our nature reserves. In spring, the air is filled with birdsong as they compete to establish territories and attract a mate. In summer, look out for young birds making their first venture into the outside world. Autumn brings large movements of migrating birds - some heading south to a warmer climate, others seeking refuge in the UK from the cold Arctic winter. In winter, look out for large flocks of birds gathering to feed, or flying at dusk to form large roosts to keep warm.

Spring

The wintering ducks and geese leave for their northerly breeding grounds. Hundreds of birds begin their displays; wading birds like lapwings and drumming snipe. The first call of the corncrake can be heard in mid-May. Roe deer begin their 'barking' in the woods. Boxing brown hares start up their fights in our flat pastures.

CorncrakeCurlewLapwingSnipe
CorncrakeCurlewLapwingSnipe

Summer

See the lapwing chicks grow in the fields. Watch for hunting birds of prey, such as hen harriers and buzzards from our hides. Corncrakes are calling throughout the night. On the coast watch for otters as well as common and grey seals.

CorncrakeGreenfinch - maleHen harrier - malePeregrine - adult
CorncrakeGreenfinchHen harrierPeregrine

Autumn

Barnacle and white-fronted geese return from Greenland. Migrating waders like dunlin arrive on the floods and estuary in their hundreds. Fieldfares and redwings from Iceland feed on the trails. Wintering ducks arrive including pintails and shoveler on the floods by the hides.

Barnacle goose - adultRedwingWhite-fronted goose - Greenland raceWigeon - male
Barnacle gooseRedwingWhite-fronted gooseWigeon

Winter

Watch hen harriers, peregrines and barn owls hunting, and wading birds including dunlins, bar-tailed godwits, redshanks, golden plovers and turnstones on the estuary. The buffet of barnacle geese is too good an opportunity to waste for both young golden and white-tailed eagles!

Barn owlGolden eagle - adultOystercatcherTurnstone - non-breeding plumage
Barn owlGolden eagleOystercatcherTurnstone

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Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 55.82095,-6.35222
  • Postcode: PA44 7PR
  • Grid reference: NR275672
  • Nearest town: Bridgend, Islay
  • County: Argyll and Bute
  • Country: Scotland

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