Useful Links

Links to other websites and sources of information

Local Websites

Bishop Sutton Weather Station

If you want to know what the weather's like before you visit, this will give you an idea of current conditions in the local area. Bishop Sutton is in the Chew valley rather than the Yeo valley, and can be a degree or two colder than Blagdon in the winter.

Bristol Water

Owners of my favourite place in the whole wide world!

Bristol Water Fisheries

For over 100 years our lakes have given anglers the opportunity to enjoy fly fishing close to nature in peaceful surroundings. We strive to make our lakes an enjoyable day out at affordable prices and believe that we are very fortunate to operate lakes in such unique settings.


Local Birding Websites

Avon Birds

Steve Hales blog, now run by BOC, with news from around the area.

The Birds of South Gloucestershire

Martyn Hayes website with lots of local info.

Birds and Moths of Weston-super-Mare and Brean Down

Paul Bowyer is based in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset with particular interests in migrant birds and moths and is an avid weather watcher.

Birdwatching at Oldbury Power Station

Pete Hazlewoods webpage with information from this upper Severn site.

Bristol Ornithological Club

Local birders club with a variety of talks and walks for birders of all levels.

Chew Valley Ringing Station

Just what the title says. Fully revised and updated.

CVL Birding

Rich Andrews excellent website with up-to-date news from Chew Valley Lake 3 miles east of Blagdon.

RSPB Bath & District Local Group

This is the website of the Bath & District Local Group. RSPB local groups are a great way to meet friendly, like-minded people in your area while learning more about birds and wildlife.

RSPB Weston-Super-Mare Local Group

The group exists to help promote the work of the RSPB coupled with activities that can be educational, entertaining and downright enjoyable.

Severnside Birds

Paul Bowermans website with regular updates from the middle Severn estuary.

Somerset Ornithological Society

Website of the local county society with a very useful news page for those planning a day out on the Levels.

The Gloster Birder

Mike King's excellent website covering the Frampton area of Gloucestershire.

The Somerset Birder

James Packers natural history website centred on Burnham-on-Sea.


Local Natural History Groups & Records Office

Avon Wildlife Trust

The leading local charity working for people and wildlife from wildflower meadows to ancient woodlands, from green city corridors to reclaimed wetlands, Avon Wildlife Trust is dedicated to working with local people for local wildlife. Supported by over 16,000 members they look after 35 nature reserves and two visitor centres.

Bath Natural History Society

Completely updated and full of interesting information. Members of the Society, including former President Lucy Delve, have carried out the Blagdon Lake WeBS counts for many years. The main purpose of Bath Natural History Society is to study and enjoy all aspects of the natural world and to furnish detailed records of species distribution and numbers within the Bath area to the Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre (BRERC).

Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre (BRERC)

Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre collects, manages, analyses and distributes wildlife and geological data for the former county of Avon, now comprising North Somerset, Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Bristol Naturalists' Society

The Bristol Naturalists’ Society exists to stimulate a greater awareness of natural history and geology in the Bristol area. It is a thriving and friendly Society with something of interest for everybody, young or old, professional or amateur. It is actively involved in a long term programme of education, research and conservation. Each year its talks, trips and publications are enjoyed by hundreds of people wanting to find out more about our Natural World.

Cam Valley Wildlife Group

An independent wildlife conservation group covering Midsomer Norton, Radstock and surrounding villages.

North Somerset & Bristol Fungus Group

Website of the local fungus group who have visited Blagdon Lake on a number occasions to carry out forays.

Somerset Moth Group

The home of the Somerset Moth Group, a website all about the moths of Somerset, UK. The Somerset Moth Group was formed in 1989 by a band of local enthusiasts and recently made more formal with a constitution and member subscriptions. Our aims are to record and study the moths of this area and to promote interest in these fascinating creatures. The group caters for all levels of expertise, from the beginner to the expert.

Somerset Wildlife Trust

We stand up for wildlife in Somerset. Supported by our members we protect vulnerable wildlife and preserve wild places. Together we can create an environment rich in wildlife for everyone to enjoy.

The Mendip Society

The Mendip Society is a group of some 700 like-minded people who come together in the interests of conserving and enhancing the Mendip Hills.

Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust Slimbridge

Home page of the WWT at Slimbridge just up the road in Gloucestershire.

Yatton & Congresbury Wildlife Action Group

YACWAG aims to establish and maintain nature reserves in the Parishes of Yatton and Congresbury for the benefit of the public, and to advance education in natural history and nature conservation.


Local Photographers Websites

Bob Bushell's Wildlife Photography

It's all in the name! Birds & Nature in the Forest of Dean and beyond.

Gareth's Birding Site

Professor Gareth Jones' 2013 Birding Site, including links to his bat research.

Gary T's - Bird pix

Local birder and photographer Gary Thoburns terrific bird photograph website.

Vanellus Photofiles

Website of my good friend, the photographer, Robin Williams with whom I spend so many hours behind the camera lens.

Wildlife Photography in Gloucestershire and Somerset

Vic Savery's photography website concentrating on the flora & fauna of the Severn Estuary and surrounding areas.


Local Wildlife Blogs

The Bristol Wildlife Blog

Steve Preddy's blog about wildlife in and around the city of Bristol.


Mya-Rose Craigs 'Birdgirl' blog drawing on her experiences from birding around the world to ringing birds with Dad Chris in their Compton Martin garden.


Bird Identification Websites

Gull Research Organisation

A very useful source of information with explanations of plumage and behavioural differences of northern hemisphere gulls, and lots of photos of age groups, by month, throughout the year.

National Recording Groups & Relevant Sources of Information

Amateur Entomologists' Society

The Amateur Entomologists' Society (AES) is one of the UK's leading organisations for people interested in insects. Entomology involves learning about insects and the environment.

Bat Conservation Trust

The Bat Conservation Trust supports over 100 local bat groups and 5000 members and works with volunteers, scientists, industry and government both locally and nationally on a range of projects.   To achieve our vision of a world where bats and people thrive together in harmony our work focuses on discovering more about bats and how they use the landscape, taking action to protect bats and enhance the landscapes on which they rely and inspiring people about bats and their environment, engaging them in their conservation.

Botanical Society of the British Isles

The Botanical Society of the British Isles is for everyone who is interested in the flora of Britain and Ireland. The society traces its origins back to 1836, when it was founded as the Botanical Society of London. From its earliest days it has welcomed both professional and amateur members, and it remains the biggest and most active organisation devoted to the study of botany in the British Isles.

British Arachnological Society

Here you can find information on those fascinating animals, arachnids. Our emphasis is on British spiders but we don't exclude other arachnids such as Harvestmen (Opilionids),Pseudoscorpions and Scorpions. There are images, distribution maps, general and more specific information on the different groups and species.

British Bugs

The purpose of this website is to illustrate as many of these as possible, since they are poorly covered by popular field guides. True bugs (Hemiptera) are one of the major groups of insects found in the UK, comprising nearly 2000 species.

British Dragonfly Society

Within the BDS there are two main inter-linked areas of interest, dragonfly recording and dragonfly conservation. The first of these consists of a dedicated group of individual enthusiasts each collecting and supplying records to a Dragonfly Recording Network of Vice County Recorders. The purpose of these records is not simply to document what is present, but also to inform the second main area of interest, that of dragonfly conservation.

British Entomological and Natural History Society

The Society was founded in 1872 as the South London Entomological and Natural History Society and since its inception has always included amongst its members many of the leading entomologists of the day. Over the years the membership of the Society has increased to include not only residents of the London area but entomologists living all over the British Isles and abroad. The objectives of the Society are the promotion and advancement of research in entomology with an increasing emphasis now being placed on the conservation of the fauna and flora of the United Kingdom and the protection of wildlife throughout the world.

British Leafminers

This site is the result of an on-going project, set up to photograph and record all the leaf mining fauna which occur in Britain. Use has been made of SLR and Digital cameras, as well as Scanners, in compiling this site. The leaf mining fauna include Coleoptera (beetles), Diptera (flies), Hymenoptera (sawflies) and Lepidoptera (moths).

British Ichneumonids - a beginner's guide (Natural History Museum)

With the advent of digital photography and social media, it is possible for experts to skip the keying and identify a few species from good-quality photos. With this in mind, we have been working with Dr Gavin Broad, lead curator of ichneumonid wasps at the Natural History Museum, London (NHM). We have distilled his expert knowledge into a guide that novices can use to identify a few of the readily identifiable species. This guide combines photographs taken in the wild of living ichneumonids with photographs of pinned specimens from the NHM collections. The pinned material enables us to point out small features that show readers the kinds of things that must be visible in their photos to make an identification.

BPGS - British Plant Gall Society

To encourage and co-ordinate the study of plant galls, with particular reference to the British Isles. A gall is an abnormal growth produced by a plant or other host under the influence of another organism.  It involves enlargement and/or proliferation of host cells, and provides both shelter and food or nutrients for the invading organism. (from British Plant Galls by Margaret Redfern and Peter Shirley)  Some well-known types of gall are Oak-apples, Robin's Pincushions and Witches' Brooms.

British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)

The BTO is an independent charitable research institute combining professional and citizen science aimed at using evidence of change in wildlife populations, particularly birds, to inform the public, opinion-formers and environmental policy- and decision-makers.

BWARS - Bees, Wasps & Ants Recording Society

BWARS is the national society dedicated to studying and recording bees, wasps & ants (aculeate Hymenoptera) in Britain & Ireland. There are around 7,000 UK species.

Dipterists Forum

The Society for the study of flies (Diptera). The Diptera ("di-ptera" = two-winged) or "true flies" is the largest order of animals in the UK with around 7,000 known species and new ones being discovered every year. They are found in all habitats from the sea shore to mountain tops.

Dung Beetle UK Mapping Project

The Dung beetle UK Mapping Project is hosted by the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (OUMNH). DUMP has been set up by a small team of people passionate about UK dung beetle ecology and conservation:

  • Highlight the ecological, conservation and economic importance of dung beetles
  • Validate dung beetle identifications from Museum collections across the UK
  • Map historic and present day dung beetle distributions across the country using specimen data from Museum collections and by undertaking field surveys
  • Provide outreach education to the general public, raising awareness of UK dung beetles
  • Provide information on land and livestock management practices to the agricultural sector, livestock owners and land managers to encourage sympathetic management of dung fauna and flora.


EURING is the coordinating organisation for European bird ringing schemes. It aims to promote and encourage:

  • Scientific and administrative co-operation between national ringing schemes
  • Development and maintenance of high standards in bird ringing
  • Scientific studies of birds, in particular those based on marked individuals
  • The use of data from bird ringing for the management and conservation of birds

These objectives are achieved mainly through co-operative projects, the organisation of meetings and the collection of data in the EURING Data Bank.

European Colour-ring Birding

European colour-ring Birding is a platform between the field-observer and the project-leader. Therefore it can not provide any details or life-list of your sighting. To get this information, you have to go through this website, find the project-leader and contact her/him. This website was created (September 1995) and maintained min. twice monthly by volunteer Dirk Raes, totally for free and during his free time.

Freshwater Biological Association

The FBA, founded in 1929 and a charity since 1966 (Charity number 214440), aims to promote the study and application of freshwater biology through membership services, research and information dissemination. As a membership organisation we work throughout the UK, with activities centred on our two sites in Cumbria (Windermere) and Dorset (the River Laboratory). Historically closely associated with academics and professional water resource managers, our products and services are nowadays being designed also to appeal to those with a general interest in freshwater biology, including young people and amateur enthusiasts. We are regarded as one of the country's foremost providers of information about fresh waters, including identification guides, training courses, scientific meetings and both physical and electronic information holdings.

Hoverfly Recording Scheme

The hoverflies (Diptera, Syrphidae) are a family of attractive and familiar flies that we all see visiting flowers. Gardeners welcome them because many of the black-and-yellow striped species have larvae which prey on greenfly and bacause of their important role in pollination. The National Recording Scheme, launched in 1976, aims to collate information about their ecology and distribution.

LPO (UK) News

English language news from the French Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO) regularly updated by Chew Stoke's Ken Hall, co-author of Where to Watch Birds in Somerset, Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. The site is of particular relevance to local wildfowl watchers, as we are discovering a link between the Bristol Reservoirs and birds ringed and marked in France.

National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Gateway

This is the National Biodiversity Network's Gateway. Use it to explore UK biodiversity data, as contributed by participating data providers. It includes records provided by Bristol Environmental Records Centre (BRERC) so is useful in a local context.


A link to the page of the Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage Teal Research Programme. France is an important wintering area for Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca), whose numbers in mid-January counts have been around 100,000 individuals during the last 15 years. Birds that winter in France have theoretically been split into two distinct sub-populations, North-western European and Mediterranean, between which exchanges of individuals are most likely.

Orthoptera & Allied Insects [copy & paste]

Grasshoppers and Related Insects Recording Scheme of Britain and Ireland.

The fauna of Orthoptera and allied insects is charismatic, diverse and abundant. Orthoptera provide one of the many sounds of summer; a time when they can easily be found in meadows, trees or bushes. In the British Isles there are 27 native species of Orthoptera (grasshoppers and crickets) and a number of non-native, naturalised species. The Orthopteroids of the Bristish Isles Recording Scheme includes these and also native and non-native allied species (insect groups historically considered closely related to the true Orthoptera): cockroaches, earwigs, mantids and stick insects.

PT-Ducks - Patos de Portugal

Website of the co-ordinator for duck nasal marking in Europe, David Rodrigues of Portugal.

Royal Society for the Protection for Birds

We're Europe's largest wildlife conservation charity - with more than a million members and nearly 20,000 volunteers. Alongside over 200 nature reserves in the UK, we're restoring rainforests in Africa and Asia, saving albatrosses in the southern oceans and planning to restore vast swathes of the UK's countryside to its former glory. Our vision is a world rich in wildlife — there for everyone to enjoy.

The British Herpetological Society

The BHS Conservation Officer acts as a conduit to encourage members to become involved in UK conservation initiatives by working in partnership with the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC Trust) and the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the United Kingdom (ARG UK).

The British Mycological Society

The British Mycological Society is dedicated to the promotion of fungal biology, as it is pursued at Universities and Research Institutions, promotes knowledge of fungal biology to junior and secondary schools, universities, and the public and is concerned with recording and describing the diversity of fungal life and with its conservation.

The Coleopterist

The Coleopterist is the leading journal for students of the beetle fauna of the British Isles. There is a very useful online gallery on the site, but as usual be careful about making photo identifications with out further reference to literature!

The Leaf & Stem Mines of British Flies & other Insects

About 900 British leaf, stem, twig, bark and samara mines are included in this account and where possible keys are provided for their identification by host plant genus.

The Mammal Society

Welcome to the new look Mammal Society website. We are the only organisation dedicated to the study and conservation of all mammals of the British Isles. Since being established in 1954, we have surveyed and monitored mammals to help identify population declines and vulnerable species, and have been the national voice campaigning for mammals to be considered, and issues effectively addressed, in conservation policy development.

UK Moths

Your online guide to the moths of Great Britain and Ireland. The aim of this site is to illustrate as many species of British moths as possible and to provide this information in an accessible format.

IOC World Bird List

The website provides:

Gill, F & D Donsker (Eds). 2012. IOC World Bird Names (v 3.2).


Updated 27 June, 2017