welcome to the birds of south gloucestershire


Our aim is to provide information about rare, scarce and unusual birds, butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies, both full species and forms, seen in South Gloucestershire.




RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL  Tarsiger cyanurus


Just one of over three hundred bird species recorded in S. Gloucestershire!


Main photo: Collared Pratincole | Gary Thoburn





SMALL COPPER  Lycaena phlaeas


Over fifty butterflies, both species and forms have been identified in the recording area.





FOUR-SPOTTED CHASER  Libellula quadrimaculata


Dragonflies and Damselflies are well represented in S. Gloucestershire with well over thirty species and forms.


recent sightings


Follow the links below for the most recent sightings from around the region and much more.

  • S. Glos Birds


    Some eighty-five rare and scarce birds have been recorded historically in November making it one of the best months of the year for quality and variety. Some top sightings have included; American Golden Plover, 'Fregetta' Storm Petrel, Black-crowned Night Heron, Cory's Shearwater, Long-tailed Skua, Pacific Diver, Red-breasted Goose, Ring-necked Duck, Velvet Scoter, White-rumped Sandpiper, White Stork and Yellow-browed Warbler.

  • The Marshfield Patch


    Over 100 species and forms have been logged on the patch so far this year with October adding Siskin and Common Crossbill taking the total to 110!


    The best ever year was 2017 with 113 and with the most productive part of the year still ahead that record may well be broken!


  • Butterflies


    A satisfying total of thirty butterflies have been logged in S. Gloucestershire this year so far with Gatekeeper and Clouded Yellow as the most recent additions. We should get sightings well into October maybe even November?

  • Dragon and Damselflies


    Around twenty Dragonflies and Damselflies have been reported across the recording area this year. As with butterflies we can expect to get sightings well into October and November?.



Our philosophy


... 'a bad day birding is infinitely better than a good day at work' ...