September 2016


Any and all wildlife. You can send them by e-mail here. Photographs are very welcome

5th September 2016.
James Heron - A few from Wilstone this afternoon. 
Mallads and Lapwing by James Heron

The hide spit by James Heron

Little Grebe by James Heron

Little Egret by James Heron

Shoveller by James Heron

Cormorant by James Heron

Grey Heron by James Heron

August 2016


Any and all wildlife. You can send them by e-mail here. Photographs are very welcome

Some have noticed that the water levels are not dropping as quickly as usual. The wet spring means there is good water supplies still and Wilstone only came off the weir level in July, more than a month later than normal.

30th August 2016.
Roy Hargreaves - This morning started murky with low cloud cover and while walking round to the jetty a Tree Pipit flew overhead, roughly heading south-east and almost following the line of the path along that bank. On my walk back round to the car park I saw a Wheatear fly along the bank in front of me and it was fairly confiding when on the lower bank. Also at Wilstone was a Hobby, a female Red-crested Pochard, seven Little Egrets, two or three Common Sandpipers. Marsworth also had a Hobby, but otherwise I saw little else at the smaller reservoirs.
Last Thursday I saw a juv Arctic Tern at Startops  in both Herts and Bucks section, which I don’t think lingered and isn’t the bird shown on It may have flown over to Marsworth but I didn’t see it there.
Last Tuesday there was also a Redstart in the hedge by the new overflow that runs towards the road and also at least two Spotted Flycatchers in the same hedge.
I have also been seeing badgers on a reasonably regular basis before 6am as I walk down to Wilstone, which is always a treat.
Wheatear by Roy Hargreaves

18th August 2016.
Gary Hinton - Few from Wilstone on my camera phone today.
Thought that the one from the hide after the veg cutting would be interesting, then a bat came from the reed area to the right of the hide! I watched it for at least 5 minutes, feeding on insects & taking water, before it flew back right of the hide towards the reeds and trees. This was around 13:30! Wish I'd taken my  camera.
I spent the afternoon there, saw the following:
Water Rail screaming around 17:00, Reed Warbler, Around reeds willow tree crematory corner Yellow wagtail x 2 near steps to farm shop Little Egret x 6 Common Buzzard x 2 Red Kites Grey Wagtails x 2 Pied Wagtails numbers of juveniles Goldfinches Numbers of coot. Kingfisher passing in front of hide. Common Sandpiper X 3 moving around the mud areas around the hide.
Moorhen in numbers near reeds right of hide. At least 30 Lapwing on the spit.
Few Teal. I think I also saw some six pochard with maybe a red crested but it was to far away for my bins to call, they went behind trees far right of spit. Number of Heron.

4th August 2016.
James Heron -Wilstone Today.
Little Egret and Coot by James Heron

Coot with juvenile by James Heron

Small White Butterfly by James Heron

Ruddy Darter (male)

Hoverfly - Heliophilus Pendulus

Orange Spot Bee


Ruddy Darter (female)

Lapwing by James Heron

July 2016


Any and all wildlife. You can send them by e-mail here. Photographs are very welcome

Reminder: It is a criminal offence to disturb any nesting bird. 
Please be extra vigilant around the reservoirs during the breeding season. 

Fancy helping out?
We’ll be cutting back the reed in front of the hide at Wilstone Reservoir on 16th August 2016.
If you’d like to come along and lend a helping hand, please contact our Reserves Officer at 

Sunday 31st July 2016.

Dave Hutchinson -Wilstone Today. 
Southern Hawker by David Hutchinson

Hornet Mimic Hoverfly by David Hutchinson

Wednesday 27th July 2016.
Pat and Rob Stonier - Just thought you may like to know that, on Monday 25th July, we were walking from Little Tring along the Wendover arm,(Grand Union Canal), towards the silos at the mill.  
We turned down the steps on the footpath signposted Tringford Reservoir, just before the silos.  On these steps we saw 4 otter cubs who played on the steps at our feet for a couple of minutes before disappearing into the undergrowth to our left. They had come from the stream on the right.  
Unfortunately we didn't have a camera with us.

This was a once in a million experience which I doubt we'll ever see again, they weren't afraid of us, but we did stand very still watching in amazement at the cubs investigating my husband's shoes.  They showed no signs of being afraid of us.

A unique experience.

David Hutchinson - Emperor Dragonfly at Wilstone today. 
 Dragonfly by Dave Hutchinson

Sunday 24th July 2016.
David Hutchinson - Spotted Flycatcher this morning in trees bordering grassland behind hide at Wilstone Reservoir
Emperor Dragonfly by Dave Hutchinson

Songthrush by Dave Hutchinson

Spotted Flycatcher by David Hutchinson

Thursday 21st July 2016.

Sally Douglas - Attaching photo of the female Clouded Yellow at Pitstone Hill on 21 July. Amongst the 100's and 100's of butterflies in the glorious flower chalkland meadows, this was the only Clouded Yellow I saw.
Clouded Yellow Butterfly by Sally Douglas

Clouded Yellow Butterfly by Sally Douglas

Tuesday 19th July 2016.
James Heron - A few shots from a very hot Wilstone.
Grey Heron by James Heron

Barnacle Goose by James Heron

Grey Heron by James Heron

I have no idea, by James Heron

Barnacle Goose by James Heron

Barnacle and Greylag by James Heron

Tuesday 12th July 2016.
Roy Hargreaves - As far as I can tell none of the Oystercatcher young survived. The three Black-headed Gulls fledged, but still return to the nest at times, and the two Lesser black-backed Gull young have been swimming round quite some distance from the tern raft but also return to it. The young Little Egrets all seem to flying now and it looks like a good year for them.
The Barnacle Goose is still about and I frequently see it under or by the small bush between the large clumps of bushes directly out from the hide at Wilstone. I have also been seeing one or two Common Sandpipers about the reservoirs and a female Mandarin on Marsworth.
On Saturday I went along the Aylesbury Arm by Wilstone and managed to see the Scarce Chasers.
Today I found a dead immature gull by Wilstone jetty, with a BTO ring on it, and I have submitted the details to the BTO. I also saw a Little Owl by the Dry Canal again and also a Tawny Owl was revealed by mobbing birds by the Hide Meadow. The sunny weather first thing seemed to have triggered a mass emergence of Ruddy Darters and I must have seen more than forty along the hedges between the cressbeds and the Dry Canal.
Ruddy Darter by Roy Hargreaves

Scarce Chaser by Roy Hargreaves

Wednesday 6th July 2016.
Sally Douglas - Wilstone 28 June 2016 - not sure what the present news is of the Oystercatchers but took these very distant photo's of the raft occupants, and nesting Little Egrets, before dashing off to Scotland last week.
Oystercatchers by Sally Douglas

Oystercatchers by Sally Douglas

Oystercatchers by Sally Douglas

Little Egret by Sally Douglas

Little Egret by Sally Douglas

Wednesday 6th July 2016.
James Heron - Mostly insects from Wilstone. 

Common Blue Damselfly by James Heron

? Juv Chiffchaff? by James Heron

Ringlet by James Heron

Marble White and chums by James Heron

Marbled White and Meadow Brown by James Heron

Female Common Darter

Broad Bodied Chaser by James Heron

Broad Bodied Chaser by James Heron

Soldier Beetle by James Heron

Grey Wagtail by James Heron