Monday, 5 November 2018

Report highlights the importance of the Lower Windrush Valley for wintering wildfowl

A recent Lower Windrush Valley Project report looks at data collected by volunteers as part of the BTO Wetland Bird Survey for the five years up to 2015/16. The report finds that numbers of wintering Gadwall and Shoveler exceed the agreed 1% threshold for national importance and Coot are approaching the 1% threshold. 

Gadwall at Standlake Common (Pit 60)

There are around 60 gravel pit lakes in the Lower Windrush Valley and of these only 24 are currently counted as part of the WeBS survey. We need more volunteers to take part in the survey to get a full picture of how wetland birds are using the lakes.

If you would like to take part in the Wetland Bird Survey in the Lower Windrush area, contact the Lower Windrush Valley Project on

If you are interested in training, BTO are running a course at Farmoor Reservoir in January:
Shoveler at Standlake Common (Pit 60)

To purchase a key for the bird hides visit the Lower Windrush Valley Project website:

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Lower Windrush Valley Project Forum

Lower Windrush Valley Project Forum
Thursday 15th November
7.00pm – 8.30pm
Northmoor Village Hall

Join us at our annual gathering for an update on the project’s activities and two guest speakers.

Angling is the designated afteruse for many of the gravel pits in the Lower Windrush Valley, with a number of commercial and club fisheries operating in the area. These organisations have a key role to play in both land management and recreation in the valley. Hear more from our guest speakers:
Chris Blunt, Linear Fisheries
Ian Collins, Farmoor Fly Fishing Club

Come along to find out more about the project and meet others who live, work and volunteer in the Lower Windrush Valley. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information contact 07557 082575 or