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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: July 2018

The birding highlight of July, and probably the birding highlight here of 2018 so far, was the visit of a sandwich tern (main picture above amongst black-headed gulls). The bird arrived early in the morning on July 10th, it sat on a post on the border of the lagoons for nearly an hour, before having […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: June 2018

June is generally a month of little bird movement, because birds are busy raising families. However, in the past this month has provided surprises here, last year in June a family group of six common sandpipers arrived, and in June 2016 a pair of black-necked grebes spent a memorable day on the reservoir. This June […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: May 2018

May is the month when the last few of our summer visitors trickle in, and most birds here are focussed on breeding. Bird of the month for May was probably whitethroat (main picture above). In the last few years there have been around a handful of sightings of this species per year, but this year […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: April 2018

April is possibly the most exciting month of the birding year here, as the majority of our summer visitors return, passage migrants are always likely to turn up, and the breeding season gets underway. Although we did have visits from two locally scarce passage migrants in April, bird of the month was probably linnet (main […]

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Children’s menu launched at the Coal House, Woodberry Wetlands

We have just launched a children’s menu! All of the wonderful offerings from our Coal House team, with our smaller visitors in mind. The Coal House Café is open daily for delicious breakfast, brunch and lunch. Serving quality roasted coffee and homemade seasonal food with locally sourced ingredients Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 9am – […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: March 2018

The cold spell at the end of February lingered into March, and the associated cold weather movement of birds was responsible for the first of the two major highlights of the month. A dunlin (picture 1 below) arrived on March 4th and was still around the following day. The other major highlight was jack snipe […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: February 2018

At the end of February we had by far the coldest period of this winter. Cold spells can trigger bird movements, so hopes were high that something unusual may turn up here. With many London sites reporting numbers of lapwing running into hundreds, we couldn’t match this but at least the species were recorded here, […]

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Spring and Summer opening hours at Woodberry Wetlands

We have switched to our Spring and Summer opening and closing times at Woodberry Wetlands. Please check the updated timings below: East entrance (New River Studio gate): 9am – 4:30pm South Gate (Green gate): 9am – 4:30pm West entrance (Coal House gate) and boardwalk: 9am – 5:30pm Coal House Cafe: 9am – 5pm (Kitchen closes […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: January 2018

The weather this January was comparatively mild, so whilst bitterns were seen here in both of the previous two Januarys, sadly we didn’t make it three in a row. The month still had some highlights though, with ducks being of particular interest. The morning of the 11th was an interesting one. Firstly a group of […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: December 2017

December is generally a quiet month for birds here, with movement related to extreme cold weather being the only reason for unusual birds to be seen. Whilst December in 2016 had produced brent goose and glossy ibis here, December 2017 was relatively mundane. We did have one new bird for the year though, on the […]

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