Anas strepera


A fairly common dabbling duck found throughout the year, the Gadwall is only a little smaller than a Mallard. It nests in small numbers in the UK, on freshwater lakes with a lot of vegetation, but can be seen in larger numbers in winter at reservoirs, lakes, flooded gravel pits and coastal wetlands.

How to identify

Male Gadwalls are a grey brown colour with a black rear end. Both males and females can be distinguished by the white patches on their wings.

Where to find it

Mainly found in south and eastern England, but can be seen anywhere.


When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

The survival of our waterbirds is threatened by the loss and degradation of many of our wetland habitats. The Wildlife Trusts manage many wetland nature reserves for the benefit of the wildlife they support. You can help by supporting your local Trust and becoming a member; you'll find out about exciting wildlife happenings, events on your doorstep and volunteering opportunities, and be helping local wildlife along the way.

Species information

Common name
Latin name
Anas strepera
Length: 48-54cm Wingspan: 90cm Weight: 700-830g
Conservation status
Classified in the UK as an Amber List species under the Birds of Conservation Concern review.