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Star species

Our star species are some of the most interesting birds you may see on your visit to the reserve.

Black-tailed godwit

Flocks of black-tailed godwits can be seen on the pools here. In spring - when they rest and feed here before heading north to Iceland to breed - they are resplendent in their 'tomato soup-red' breeding attire. On their return in autumn, you can pick out the scaly-backed juvenile birds if you look closely.

Black-tailed godwit- non-breeding plumage


The buzzard is now the UK's most numerous bird of prey. Listen for their mewing calls, or keep an eye out for them as they soar overheard on sunny days.



Spend time in the hides and you may be rewarded with an unforgettable kingfisher encounter. Listen for their shrill, piping calls and then watch for the flash of blue and orange.



Linnets are fairly unobtrusive finches for most of the year. In spring, watch out for the smart males with their twittering song and bright pink bellies.

Linnet - male

Little egret

These dainty little white herons can be seen throughout the year here. You can see them fishing, stirring up fish fry from the muddy bottom with their feet, or watch large numbers arrive to roost at dusk.

Little egret

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  • Lat/lng: 53.257862,-3.021908
  • Postcode: CH64 5SF
  • Grid reference: SJ319739
  • Nearest town: Neston, Cheshire
  • County: Cheshire
  • Country: England

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