The coast and estuaries, such as the Ribble and Humber, are important for birds all year round, and support internationally significant numbers of waterfowl in winter.
Elsewhere, the region is home to many special birds including breath-taking seabird colonies, booming bitterns, breeding hen and marsh harriers, red kites, and black grouse. There are still strongholds in the region for upland waders, such as curlew and lapwing, and lowland farmland birds, including corn bunting.
In city and countryside we run a wide range of exciting events that inspire people about the spectaular birds and wildlife of northern England. Some of the RSPB’s most popular nature reserves are in the Northern England region, including Leighton Moss, Fairburn Ings, Blacktoft Sands, Bempton Cliffs and Old Moor.
An experienced team of site managers and reserve wardens run and manage these sites for the benefit of birds and people. These reserves support a tremendous variety of birds and other wildlife; many also have first-class visitor facilities, busy events programmes and flourishing education schemes.
New reserves such as Saltholme on Teesside are currently being created and represent a new generation of RSPB sites.
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