Water Birds in Spring at Tring Reservoirs in Hertfordshire

Tring Reservoirs attract all kinds of wildlife and are recognised as one of the best sites in the region for wintering wildfowl.Tring Reservoirs attract all kinds of wildfowl. (managed by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust)

Originally built to serve the canal system, the reservoirs have become one of the best birdwatching spots in southern England.


Seasonal Highlights
 Osprey, sand martin, swift, yellow wagtail.
Summer: Common tern, great crested grebe, hobby, reed and sedge warbler.
Autumn: Golden plover, lapwing.
Winter: Bittern, jack snipe, pochard, shoveler, teal.



Teal are unmistakeableTeal


Great Crested Grebe at TringGreat Crested Grebe


Tufted duck TringTufted duck


Graylag GeeseGraylag Goose


Pochard DuckPochard Duck


Oyster Catcher TringOyster Catcher


Canada Geese and Gulls TringCanada Geese and Gulls


Wilstone Reservoir is a very important wildfowl sanctuary, and many rare species dwell here, as well as on the other three reservoirs. These include Atlantic Canada geese, bittern, blackcap, black-headed gull, black-necked grebe, black-tailed godwit, black tern, blue tit, Cetti's warbler, common chiffchaff, corn bunting, common crane, common sandpiper, common scoter, common snipe, common teal, common tern, coot, curlew, curlew sandpiper, dabchick, dunlin, dunnock, Egyptian geese, Eurasian wigeon, gadwall, garden warbler, garganey, great crested grebe, great spotted woodpecker, green sandpiper, greenshank, green woodpecker, grey heron, greylag geese, hobby, jay, kingfisher, lapwing, lesser whitethroat, linnet, little egret, little grebe, little ringed plover, mallard, Mandarin, marsh harrier, marsh tit, Mediterranean gull, moorhen, mute swan, northern pochard, northern wheatear, nuthatch, osprey, oystercatcher, peregrine falcon, pied flycatcher, pintail, red-crested pochard, red kite, red knot, redshank, reed warbler, ruff, spotted flycatcher, sand martin, Savi's warbler, sedge warbler, shelduck, shoveler, sinensis cormorant, spotted crake, stock dove, swallow, swift, tawny owl, treecreeper, tufted duck, water rail, whimbrel, whooper swan, willow warbler, yellow-legged gull, and yellow wagtail.


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