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Important notice

Work is taking place at Hesketh out Marsh. Visiting is still possible, though the footpath to the east of the marsh will be closed until further notice. The footpath to the west remains open.

Top things to do in Spring

  1. Watch out for flocks of dunlins and ringed plovers dropping in to the lagoons on their way north
  2. Marvel at the intensity of the shelducks' displays
  3. Search the posts and banks for wheatears just back from Africa

Top things to do in Summer

  1. Walk the sea wall and lose yourself in the skylarks' song
  2. Look for wildflowers on the saltmarsh edge
  3. Enjoy the antics of nesting oystercatchers

Top things to do in Autumn

  1. Watch flocks of nervous teals flying to and fro, looking for somewhere safe to feed
  2. Listen to the whistling wigeons just back for the winter – all the way from Siberia
  3. Search the hedgerows for small birds like blackcaps and goldcrests on their migration south

Top things to do in Winter

  1. Shelter at Karen's Viewpoint and scan the horizon for a hunting hen harrier or merlin
  2. Listen out for flocks of Bewick's and whooper swans dropping into the lagoons to bathe or onto nearby stubble fields
  3. Watch the antics of the flocks of fieldfares in the hawthorn hedgerows

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  • Shelducks
  • Little Egret - Hesketh
  • Little Egret
  • Oystercatcher pair arrives to the marsh
  • Acrobatic flight of the Lapwing
  • Buzzard uses the thermals in extreme height.
  • Sign on the observation hut at HOM
  • Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna) pair

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