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Walmsley Sanctuary...

The sanctuary is situated about two km north of Wadebridge. It includes over 20 hectares of reclaimed flood plain between the farm of Lower Amble and the River Amble, and lies less than one km inland from the Camel Estuary. Its highest point is about four metres above the Ordnance Datum.

 Contact the Walmsley Warden HERE

The reserve has developed from three fields of pasture on land reclaimed from salt marsh and now protected from flooding by a dam at the mouth of the River Amble.  The vegetation is predominantly Juncus effusus.  The reserve also includes hedges, ditches, a shallow pond left over when the river was straightened and one bank of the River Amble.  The Environment Agency constructed excellent new areas of water and essential new embankments outside the new hide, whilst carrying out their Amble Marshes Management Scheme in 1998.

Naturalist and broadcaster Bill Oddie officially opened the fabulous tower hide in December 1999. With the hide being 4m high, excellent views are possible over most of the reserve and the surrounding countryside, in comparatively luxurious comfort.

Species to be seen include, in winter, Teal, large flocks of Wigeon, Lapwing and Golden Plover. Also Shoveler, Snipe, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Ruff, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, White-fronted Gees (low numbers), Little Egret and Barn Owl.  In summer, breeding birds include Mute Swan, Mallard, Shelduck, Reed Bunting, Sedge Warbler and Reed Warbler


Passage migrants include waders, egrets, herons, wildfowl and raptors. Almost anything can turn up! Rarities include Black Stork, Black Duck, American Bittern, Temmink's Stint, Marsh Harrier and Citrine Wagtail.
The sanctuary is nationally important for wintering waders and wildfowl.  During high tides, many estuary birds use the reserve as a refuge.

 Above photographs, all taken at Walmsley Sanctuary, courtesy of Adrian Langdon.

Walmsley Sanctuary is a members only reserve and there is no access for the general public. However for non members seeking access keys are available for hire at a cost of 5 per day.  Please e-mail the warden walmsley_warden@cbwps.org.uk (phone 07702 527603) or chairman chairman@cbwps.org.uk (phone 01208 816779) Keys may be obtained by members from the Membership Secretary

Leave Wadebridge on the B3314 Rock to Port Isaac road. Proceed to the traffic light controlled bridge over the River Trewornan. Use the narrow public footpath gate on the right hand side (Rock side of bridge) and follow the footpath across the fields towards the hide. After the first stile keep close to the hedge on your left. Do not cut across the field. Please use the stiles and do not climb the hedges.
To avoid disturbance to this statutory bird sanctuary, the hides are the only area open to visitors.


Walmsley Sanctuary 2009 Species List

   Species     		          First Reported

1.Little Egret			01-Jan-09
2.Grey Heron			01-Jan-09
3.Mute Swan			01-Jan-09
4.Whooper Swan			01-Jan-09
5.Common Shelduck		01-Jan-09
6.Eurasian Wigeon		01-Jan-09
7.Gadwall			01-Jan-09
8.Eurasian Teal			01-Jan-09
9.Mallard			01-Jan-09
10.Northern Shoveler		01-Jan-09
11.Tufted Duck			01-Jan-09
12.Common Buzzard		01-Jan-09
13.Peregrine Falcon		01-Jan-09
14.Common Pheasant		01-Jan-09
15.Water Rail			01-Jan-09
16.Common Moorhen		01-Jan-09
17.Common Coot			01-Jan-09
18.European Golden Plover	01-Jan-09
19.Northern Lapwing		01-Jan-09
20.Common Snipe		01-Jan-09
21.Eurasian Curlew		01-Jan-09
22.Common Redshank		01-Jan-09
23.Herring Gull			01-Jan-09
24.Great Black-backed Gull		01-Jan-09
25.Stock Pigeon			01-Jan-09
26.Common Wood Pigeon		01-Jan-09
27.Common Kingfisher		01-Jan-09
28.Sky Lark			01-Jan-09
29.Meadow Pipit			01-Jan-09
30.Winter Wren			01-Jan-09
31.European Robin		01-Jan-09
32.Stonechat			01-Jan-09
33.Common Blackbird		01-Jan-09
34.Redwing			01-Jan-09
35.Common Chiffchaff		01-Jan-09
36.Goldcrest			01-Jan-09
37.Great Tit			01-Jan-09
38.Black-billed Magpie		01-Jan-09
39.Eurasian Jackdaw		01-Jan-09
40.Rook				01-Jan-09
41.Carrion Crow			01-Jan-09
42.Common Starling		01-Jan-09
43.Chaffinch			01-Jan-09
44.European Greenfinch		01-Jan-09
45.Eurasian Siskin		01-Jan-09
46.Reed Bunting			01-Jan-09
47.Dunlin			02-Jan-09
48.Little Grebe			03-Jan-09
49.Great Cormorant		03-Jan-09
50.Great Bittern			03-Jan-09
51.Canada Goose		03-Jan-09
52.Northern Pintail		03-Jan-09
53.Hen Harrier			03-Jan-09
54.Eurasian Sparrowhawk		03-Jan-09
55.Common Kestrel		03-Jan-09
56.Black-tailed Godwit		03-Jan-09
57.Black-headed Gull		03-Jan-09
58.Water Pipit			03-Jan-09
59.Pied Wagtail			03-Jan-09
60.Song Thrush			03-Jan-09
61.Long-tailed Tit			03-Jan-09
62.Blue Tit			03-Jan-09
63.Eurasian Jay			03-Jan-09
64.Common Raven		03-Jan-09
65.Water Pipit			03-Jan-09
   Species        		    First Reported

66.Common Pochard		04-Jan-09
67.Lesser Black-backed Gull	04-Jan-09
68.European Goldfinch		05-Jan-09
69.Lesser Redpoll			05-Jan-09
70.Jack Snipe			06-Jan-09
71.Ruff				07-Jan-09
72.Firecrest			07-Jan-09
73.Merlin			09-Jan-09
74.Eurasian Oystercatcher		09-Jan-09
75.Hedge Accentor		09-Jan-09
76.Fieldfare			09-Jan-09
77.Common Bullfinch		09-Jan-09
78.Eurasian Collared Dove		10-Jan-09
79.Great Spotted Woodpecker	10-Jan-09
80.Common Linnet		10-Jan-09
81.Yellowhammer			10-Jan-09
82.Mew Gull			13-Jan-09
83.Coal Tit			17-Jan-09
84.Common Redpoll		17-Jan-09
85.Red-legged Partridge		01-Feb-09
86.Barn Owl			20-Feb-09
87.Red-legged Partridge		01-Mar-09
88.Sand Martin			01-Mar-09
89.Bar-tail Godwit			11-Mar-09
90.Common Sandpiper		11-Mar-09
91.Mistle Thrush			16-Mar-09
92.Blackcap			16-Mar-09
93.House Sparrow		16-Mar-09
94.Egyptian Goose		19-Mar-09
95.Comon Greenshank		19-Mar-09
96.Barn Swallow			20-Mar-09
97.Green Sandpiper		25-Mar-09
98.Housemartin			30-Mar-09
99.Willow Warbler			09-April-09
100.Garden Warbler 		14-April-09
101.Sedge Warbler		19-April-09
102.Pectoral Sandpiper		26-April-09
103.Common Swift		26-April-09
104.Common Grasshopper Warbler	26-April-09
105.Eurasian Hobby		27-April-09
106.Little Stint			29-April-09
107. Temminck's Stint		29-Apr-09
108.Alpine Swift 			29-April-09
109.Yellow Wagtail		29-April-09
110.Eurasian Reed Warbler	29-Apr-09
111.Greylag Goose		30-April-09		
112.Common Cuckoo		30-Apr-09
113. Tawny Owl			30-Apr-09
114.Eurasian Marsh Harrier	02-May-09
115. Ringed Plover		03-May-09
116.Wood Sandpiper		11-May-09
117.Lesser Whitethroat 		10-Aug-09
118.Common Whitethroat 		16-Aug-09
119.Garganey			16-Aug-09
120.Spotted Crake 		23-Aug-09
121.Red Knot 			24-Aug-09
122.Spotted Redshank 		24-Aug-09
123.Curlew Sandpiper? 		24-Aug-09
124. Spotted Flycatcher		25-Aug-09

Big Freeze at Walmsley 2009

picture: Nigel Climpson

For a few days in the first week of January 2009 and again in 2010 and 2011 Walmsley Sanctuary was almost completely frozen, apart from a small pool in the centre. The birds clustered around the pool are largely Teal but among them were some Shoveller, Pintail, Coot, Moorhen, Mallard and Mute Swan. There was also a hen harrier  present (pictures in Gallery 2009) and some excitement was caused by a party of Teal flying in at a rate of knots with a peregrine close behind. But not close enough!

For an interactive view from the tower hide click on the picture above. Use your mouse to pan and tilt around the picture. Shift and Ctrl to zoom in and out.

You may need Apple Quicktime, which is a free download. (www.apple.com/quicktime/download/ )  

                                                                                                                                                           Interactive picture: Nigel Climpson

Views from the sky of Walmsley Sanctuary

Aerial footage of the Walmsley Sanctuary was commissioned by the Environment Agency to view their recent Water Level Management works.

This was carried out from a radio controlled aeroplane flown by Oliver Bampton and we are grateful to him for permission to use his videos.

The Warden reports that this caused no disturbance to the birds.