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Top things to do in Spring

  1. Many migrant waders are moving through the reserve now
  2. Look out for whimbrels on their way to their breeding grounds
  3. See if you can pick out the smart Mediterranean gulls from the flock

Top things to do in Summer

  1. Watch out for young shelduck families feeding on the mudflats
  2. Little egrets can often be seen fishing in the tidal creeks
  3. Mute swans can be seen in small groups

Top things to do in Autumn

  1. Autumn sees the main wader passage through the reserve
  2. Vagrants often turn up here, seeking refuge following gales around the coast
  3. Enjoy watching the flocks of waders, gulls and ducks feeding, preening and sleeping

Top things to do in Winter

  1. Enjoy the spectacle of hundreds of teals and wigeons feeding on the mudflats
  2. Catch hundreds of lapwings snoozing on the islands at Ryan's Field
  3. Spend time watching hundreds of waders roost together at high tide

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Map of Hayle Estuary

Map of Hayle Estuary

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Date: 22 September 2010


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