Spring Migration through Cotswold Water Park

Spring Migration Lower Mill Estate

The central location of the Cotswold Water Park and its vast area of wetland habitats makes it an important stop-over location for migrating birds in the Spring. This year 121 species have already been seen in the Water Park. In the last week an osprey has been seen as well as the first swallows and an avocet. Other species seen recently on the Lower Mill Estate include red crested pochard, goldeneye, widgeon, gadwall, teal, cettis warblers, blackcap, meadow pipits, reed buntings and kingfisher.

A great resource is http://buff.ly/1yZ9V89 where an ongoing record of species sighted in the water park is kept. Maps can also be downloaded showing different areas of the water park to explore.

Grab your binoculars or your telescope and enjoy the spring migration. While you’re watching for birds don’t forget to keep an eye out for otters and beavers too!

Spring Migration Lower Mill Estate

 

 

An Easter Egg Hunt with a difference

Easter Egg Hunt

Looking to up the ante for this year’s Easter Egg Hunt?  We’ve got the perfect solution.  Join in the annual Lake and Land Easter Egg Hunt at South Cerney Outdoor in Cotswold Water Park, just 5 minutes away from Daisy Chain.  The popular Easter Egg hunt involves finding golden eggs hidden in tunnels and then powerboating out to Easter Island to discover more hiding in nests.  The hunt is suitable for ages 3+ and tickets need to be booked in advance. Everyone loved it last year – it’s definitely one not to miss.

 

For details on how to book visit http://www.southcerneyoutdoor.co.uk/SpecialEvents.aspx

Otters in Cotswold Water Park

Otters in Cotswold Water Park

Otters in Cotswold Water Park

Cotswold Water Park is home to a healthy population of otters, but it remained a mammal that I hadn’t ever seen in the wild…until yesterday morning.  We had a magical time by one of the lakes on the Lower Mill Estate watching the otters diving for fish.  There were four otters who were went about their fishing with our family being a very happy audience.  We were amazed by the number of times they did synchronised dives.  Enjoy watching some of the footage we took!

http://youtu.be/RAVznCULaG4

 

 

Birdwatching in Cotswold Water Park

Birdwatching in Cotswold Water Park

With over 150 lakes, and its central location, Cotswold Water Park supports a wide range of bird species and holds nationally important numbers of 8 different species of waterbirds. The summer brings breeding waders, including the Little Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher and Lapwing, as well as large numbers of breeding ducks including Tufted Duck and Gadwall. The Hobby, Little Owl and Barn Owl also breed within the 40 square mile park.

A lovely way of introducing the family to birdwatching is by exploring the bird life on the lakes by canoe. Little Egrets stand in the shallows and then take off, flying low over the water. This photo was taken of a Little Egret flying over Somerford Lagoon (the lake Daisy Chain looks out onto).

Recent bird sightings within the park can be found at http://cotswoldwaterpark.wordpress.com

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