Summer Leys Nature Reserve is part of the The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire. It is a place I now visit very regularly for two reasons, a very nice walk and good opportunities to see and photograph wildlife.  It is situated on Hardwater Road near Wollaston.

https://www.wildlifebcn.org/summer-leys

Around the site there are various hides to sit in and watch/wait for wildlife to be visible. Throughout the year the opportunities vary as do the numbers of birds etc. No two days are the same and that adds to the beauty of the place. On some occasions you may well see quite rare species. 

Scroll down for details of individual days and special encounters.

A Ruff at Summer Leys

27th August 2019

A very hot day (over 30 degrees) so forget walking around! I chose to sit in Pioneer hide for an hour to view a notable change in the birds present on the scrape, including –

Teal
Shoveller
Greenshank
Green Sandpiper
Great White Egret
Little Egret x 3
Starlings
Heron
Grey Lag Geese
Canadian
Coots
Mallard

Greenshank and Greensandpiper at SLNR 27/8/19