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Top things to do in Spring

  1. Watch for the first sand martins and swallows as they arrive back from Africa
  2. Enjoy an evening walk along the top of the merse and take in the wonderful views
  3. Listen to the lapwings' evocative calls and watch their tumbling aerobatic displays

Top things to do in Summer

  1. Listen to the skylarks' liquid song as they display high above the merse
  2. Watch for terns diving for fish in the bay
  3. Enjoy the colourful flowers of the merse

Top things to do in Autumn

  1. Listen out for the first whooper swans arriving for the winter
  2. Watch the large flocks of redwings and fieldfares as they scour the hedgerows for crab apples and hawthorn berries
  3. Enjoy the stunning autumnal light as it bathes the landscape in a golden glow

Top things to do in Winter

  1. Enjoy the sight and sound of pink-footed geese as they graze the merse
  2. Let the clear, cold winter air take your breath away
  3. Marvel at the aerial displays of golden plovers and other waders as they wheel above the incoming tide

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  • Lapwing at the Crook of Baldoon
  • Wren
  • Small flock of Curlew.
  • Art exhibition
  • Manning the stands.
  • Looking across the reserve to Carsluith.
  • Guided walk
  • What's out there?

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