Back to the future at Tophill Low NR

5 Aug

5/8/15 Did Tophill Low NR with RL and JH on Wednesday. The new water management is paying dividends on North Lagoon with plenty of wader attracting mud for the first time in many years and certainly since the new water works opened. Like what I remember when I first visited in the 80’s. We had 4 Greenshank, 2 Ruff, 3 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper and Dunlin. Looking forward to a decent rare wader and also hopeful for Spotted Crake soon.


Ruff-N.Lagoon-Tophill Low NR


Greenshank-N.Lagoon-Tophill Low NR


Kingfisher-S.Lagoon-Tophill Low NR

All the breeding Common Terns and most of the Black-headed Gulls have now left South Marsh East. In there place were c100 Lapwing and 6 Black-tailed Godwits. All were put to fight briefly by a passing Hobby.


Common Darter-South Scrub-Tophill Low NR


Small Tortoiseshell and Comma-South Scrub-Tophill Low NR

DSCN8692pair of Gatekeeper by O reservoir-Tophill Low NR


Black-tailed Skimmer near lagoons-Tophill Low NR

Returning to the car park heard a Hummingbird Hawkmoth was on the Buddleia in the insect garden

Hummingbird Hawkmoth-Tophill Low NR

Did a sea-watch on Atwick late afternoon. Pretty quiet with c100 Common Scoter flying north and a few Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Little Gulls and 10 Knot flying south. Also had a Whimbrel on the beach.

Had 6 Black-tailed Godwit with c100 Lapwing by Bewholme Hall pond.


2 Responses to “Back to the future at Tophill Low NR”

  1. John Whittaker August 23, 2015 at 6:24 pm #

    Can you tell me where Bewholme Hall Pond is and do you need permission to go around it ?



    • hullvalley August 23, 2015 at 6:35 pm #

      Along the minor road from A165 just north of Brandesburton to the the B1242 at Atwick. At the staggered Junction in Bewholme turn left then look over the hedge beyond the row of houses. Don’t go along the track further along the road. Good today with Knot, Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwit and several Ruff and Dunlin.

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