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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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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: November 2017

Following the excitement of migration season during autumn, things here are usually much more settled during November. A few of our winter visitors continue to trickle in, but all of the summer visitors are long gone. Gulls often provide the highlights in winter months. This November we had six different gull species here, with the […]

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Winter and Christmas opening hours at Woodberry Wetlands

We have made a slight change to winter opening and closing times at Woodberry Wetlands. Please check the updated timings below: East entrance (New River Studio gate) and green gate: 9am – 4pm West entrance (Coal House gate) and boardwalk: 9am – 4:30pm   Woodberry Wetlands will also be closed for the following period over […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: October 2017

October is an unpredictable month for birding, it is probably the best month of the year for real rarities, but these usually appear at the various extremities of the UK. Things are usually quieter in London, but with seasonal migration ongoing, together with the possibility of movement related to cold weather, unusual birds can be […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: September 2017

September is a month when birds are migrating, which always brings hope of interesting birds. Summer visitors continue to leave, and our winter birds continue to arrive. In addition to this, post-breeding dispersal can bring new visitors, as young birds leave their families to set up territories of their own. This particular September wasn’t a […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: August 2017

August is always an interesting month at Woodberry Wetlands, with the possibility of unusual birds migrating through. Wader passage continues and from around the middle of august passerine migration gets underway. Wading birds did indeed provide the two major highlights of the month, firstly on the 13th a green sandpiper (picture 1 below) was present […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: July 2017

In July many birds continue to raise young, whilst some birds which have already finished breeding activity migrate south. This means we lose some of our summer visitors, but a few of our winter birds are starting to return. In addition, passage migrants (birds which breed north of here but spend the winter in mainland […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: June 2017

June is probably the least likely month of the year to see a rare bird at Woodberry Wetlands. It is the height of the breeding season so we tend to only see the birds that breed here, or very close to here. Having said that, in birding it is prudent to expect the unexpected. Many […]

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Chris Farthing’s Woodberry bird highlights: May 2017

The month of May sees the tail-end of spring migration, and all of our regular summer visitors are now here. Much activity relating to breeding occurs, including a happy event for the resident pair of mute swans (main picture above): nine cygnets hatched on May 6th and all nine were alive and well at the […]

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