Bakewell Bird Study Group visit to Attenborough – Thursday 12 October 2023, 09.30 to 14.00


Attenborough Nature Reserve is extensive, situated on the northern bank of the River Trent and is managed by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.  The day was cloudy with occasional hints of the sun but not a breath of wind.

The highlight of the trip came towards the end of our visit when a Water Rail was first heard and then spotted quite close to the path.  For at least 3 of the group this was a first ever sighting. If the Reserve list of species seen was accurate, ours was the first sighting this month.

Previously we had good views of three birds from the heron family; both the Little and Great Egrets were perched with the yellow feet (often under water) of the Little Egret contrasting with its black legs.

The Swans were abundant, as were the Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe and Black-headed Gulls.  Noticeable by their absence were any raptors.

Members participating:    7 (for main session) + 2 (afternoon)

Bird list (38 species seen and/or heard)

Little Grebe Mallard Mistle Thrush
Great Crested Grebe Tufted Duck Cetti’s Warbler
Cormorant Water Rail Blackcap
Little Egret Moorhen Long-tailed Tit
Great Egret Coot Blue Tit
Grey Heron Lapwing Great Tit
Mute Swan Snipe Jay
Greylag Goose Black-headed Gull Magpie
Canada Goose Lesser Black-backed Gull Carrion Crow
Egyptian Goose Woodpigeon Chaffinch
Wigeon Kingfisher Goldfinch
Gadwall Wren Reed Bunting
Teal Robin  
A body of green water, with a  swan in it and a church in the background

Church view, Attenborough

a robin sat on a branch in a tree or bush

Robin by Martyn Grandy

A swan on a body of water

Mute Swan by Martin Grandy

Picture of Water Rail amongst branches

Water Rail by Chris Byrne

Picture of Water Rail amongst branches

Water Rail by Martin Grandy