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Come to Blacktoft Sands throughout the year and see how many of our 270 species of birds you can see! The tidal reedbed is the largest in England and is important for its breeding bearded tits, bitterns and marsh harriers. One of the most breathtaking sights in summer is pairs of marsh harriers, which pass food from one to the other in mid-air during their acrobatic courtship display. In winter, there are thousands of ducks easily viewed from wheelchair accessible hides.
The reserve is open daily (except Christmas Day) from 9 am to 9 pm (or dusk if earlier). The reception hide is open daily from 9 am to 4 pm from April-September and at weekends from 10 am to 4 pm from October-March.
Members free. Non-members: adults £4, under 16s £1, concessions £3, family £7.
Birds on the lagoons are clearly visible from all hides. Marshland hide provides particularly close views of waders and ducks. There are a series of guided walks throughout the year, intended to introduce beginners to various waders, warblers and raptors.
Take part in RSPB Blacktoft Sands monthly wildlife challenge. Pick up the challenge from our reception and try to spot as many of the different types of wildlife as you can find listed on the sheet. The extra tricky things are marked with a star and if you see one of those then you win a prize. The challenge changes every month. Look out also for some of our special events that are particularly suitable for families like our Open Days.
No dogs allowed, except registered assistance dogs
We're setting up an emergency fund that we can use to get our reserves back into shape and repair the damage caused. Please help us rebuild from the worst storm in 60 years.
Note: Some reserves are not served directly by public transport and, in these cases, a nearby destination (from which you may need to walk or take a taxi or ferry) may be offered.