Don’t forget to take your binoculars to The Cotswold Water Park. It is one of the largest and most important wetland areas in the country and attracts a wide variety of wildlife; including dragonflies, huge numbers of waterbirds, Water Voles and Otters (though the latter two are usually shy, so difficult to see).

Some species breed in the Cotswold Water Park; these include Mallard, Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Red-crested Pochard, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron and Little Egret. In the winter they are joined by many more which have bred much further north and east and move here for the colder months to escape the arctic conditions. The majority of these winter visitors arrive between October and December and stay until springtime warmth provokes a return to their breeding grounds.

CWP Bird leaflets are available to download from the Birdwatching page on the website