Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Getting creative at Portbury Wharf


Students from Knowle Park Primary School came to visit Portbury Wharf today, thanks to a kind donation from Western Power Distribution which will allow pupils from the city centre to visit our newest reserve on the Severn Estuary.

Year 3 pupils, made clay animals, took photographs, visited the Portbury Wharf sculpture, "Splash" and had a chance to explore the wonderful site, learning about different artistic techniques on route.

The weather was fantastic for the time of year - warm and dry - which meant throughout the day we spotted loads of wildlife, including butterflies, beetles, worms and lots of dragonflies - one of which even landed on me!

Thanks to the staff and pupils from Knowle Park who were enthusiastic learners and great fun. Keep up the good work and carry on getting creative in your own school grounds.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Gordano School Conservation Volunteers- 6th Formers helping the newts!

Our second week of help from a merry band of Gordano Upper 6th former,s saw Alice, Kris, Rich and Sean working hard and kindly giving us their Wednesday afternoon. This week they were helping our resident newt population - clearing vegetation overgrowing the newt fencing which deters the small amphibians from leaving the safety of the reserve.
The team should be up to full strength at seven young people from next week, when pesky final year lessons get out of the way!
All are really looking forward to a fun and productive, not-so-academic year. Thanks to team leader Alice for the photos.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Announcing Portbury Wharf's first bird fair - Autumn Watch season on Sunday 16th October from 1pm to 4pm

Come along to our birdwatching event at Portbury Wharf and meet plenty of friendly bird experts! Run in partnership with Lakeside Optics (London Camera Exchange) from Chew Valley Lake, they will be demonsrating a range of binoculars, telescopes and cameras for everyone - from the beginner to the seasoned twitcher!

There will be activities to occupy the children, a chance to learn more about Avon Wildlife Trust in the Gordano Valley and further opportunities to explore Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve and find out about the first year of the Trust's managemnet.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

VIB Visit

The atrocious weather and strong winds recently have driven a lot of seabirds up into the Severn estuary and a VIB (Very Important Bird) actually dropped into the reserve on Monday September 12th.

The bird was a Grey Phalarope. It is a small ocean-living wader, no bigger than a Starling and only normally seen on inland sites in the stormiest of weather. It was present on the main North Pool from around 10.00am. Quite a few birdwatchers paid us a visit!

An Artic Tern was also spotted on the same day (1st picture).