Brickpits north of Gloucester

Brickpits north of Gloucester (27 April 2011, contributed by Mike Smart)

There is some really good habitat along the Severn north of Gloucester, in overgrown brickpits and neighbouring meadows.

Yesterday near Sandhurst: at least three pairs of Tufted Duck, pair of displaying Curlew, two singing male Redstarts, two singing Yellowhammers, two singing Reed Buntings; and near Maisemore, two pairs of Lapwings and a hare in pea fields, a Sand Martin colony in the river bank (new to me); singing Lesser Whitethroats, Whitethroats and Blackcaps by the bucketful, and just one Sedge Warbler. Today a Common Sandpiper along the river.

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