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Top things to do in Spring

  1. 250 pairs of grey herons and little egrets nest in the trees in the UK's largest heronry. Nightingales return to the wood in April and sing in dense undergrowth
  2. Carpets of bluebells from mid April-May
  3. Avocets nest on reservoir islands

Top things to do in Summer

  1. Watch out for hobbies hunting dragonflies over the marsh, while marsh harriers quarter the reedbeds
  2. You could see the rare white-letter hairstreak butterfly in the woodland, or turtle doves on overhead wires
  3. See the whitethroat dart rapidly in and out of cover, before heading to the south of the Sahara for the winter

Top things to do in Autumn

  1. Swallows gather around farm buildings. Noisy jays in the wood gather acorns
  2. Migrant hawker and common darter dragonflies can be present in large numbers
  3. Migrating waders such as green and common sandpipers may be seen on the reservoirs

Top things to do in Winter

  1. Redwings and fieldfares can be seen in the orchards below the wood
  2. See the 4,000-strong rook and jackdaw 'spectacular' as they prepare to roost in the wood
  3. Wintering wildfowl like wigeons, teals and shovelers gather on the reservoirs and flooded fields

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  • Sunflowers
  • Oystercatchers in flight
  • Avocet, seen from the new hide
  • Marbled White Butterfly
  • Comma
  • Meadow Brown Butterfly, taken at the reserve yesterday evening (22/07/14)
  • EU Environment Commissioner visits RSPB Northward Hill
  • Birding watching Sunday 7th June

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Other places to visit

Avocet feeding in water

Cliffe Pools

Open water and big skies with great views of huge flocks of birds and the Thames

Flooded meadows at the RSPB West Sedgemoor nature reserve

West Sedgemoor

A specially protected haven for birds all year-round

RSPB Marazion Marsh reserve and St. Michael's Mount, Cornwall

Marazion Marsh

A peaceful walk around a beautiful wetland

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