4th January 2022 – Weston Airfield (disused)

After a drab morning at Chew Valley Lake where the best I saw was a great crested grebe, several snipe, a jack snipe and a pair of distant marsh harriers I moved on to the nature reserve on the disused airfield at Weston-super-Mare.

View of the former Weston airfield – now a nature reserve

I was hoping to see the penduline tits which I have never seen and which had been reported here recently. There was a fresh breeze and it was very cold but I was encouraged by the excellent light. However, for the first hour I only saw reed buntings and stonechats. My patience was well rewarded , however, when two penduline tits appeared and stayed around feeding on the bull rushes until I felt I could take no more photos.

Penduline tit
Penduline tit
Penduline tit
My first view of the penduline tits

I was quite excited by this addition to my life list but my exaltation was rather tempered by the fact that I tore my achilles tendon (which had been sore for some time) slopping around on the muddy path and limped back to my car in some pain.

Reed bunting

9 thoughts on “4th January 2022 – Weston Airfield (disused)

      1. Thanks Martin
        My one and only visit was to deliver one of our young wingers to play for the county colts on the rugby pitch there. I am from Clevedon

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  1. Fabulous photo’s. Where exactly is the Nature Reserve you where at – WSM? Is there parking? Could you give me directions please? I’m local and having googled the reserve, nothing comes up. Would love the chance of adding the Penduline Tit to my list.


    1. Thank you Linda. I approached the reserve from the village of Hutton (to the east of Weston-super-Mare). In the middle of Hutton you turn into Moor Lane, follow the lane north as far as you can go (1/2 mile) and park on the lane. Cross over Cross Rhyne and turn right. The views on my blog are taken from the path.


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