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Top things to do in Spring

  1. Listen to drumming snipe and watch the lapwing’s dramatic tumbling display
  2. Search for elusive garganeys lurking along the ditch edges
  3. Look out for the first hairy dragonflies patrolling the rivers

Top things to do in Summer

  1. Hunt for common lizards basking in the early morning sun along the boardwalk
  2. Find brightly-coloured yellow wagtails bobbing amongst the cattle
  3. Enjoy the cows and calves grazing on the washes

Top things to do in Autumn

  1. Look for greenshanks and green sandpipers feeding around the pools
  2. Test your duck identification now they are all in brown 'eclipse' plumage, or watch the marsh harriers cruising up and down the reserve
  3. Find the first whooper swans when they return from Iceland

Top things to do in Winter

  1. Enjoy the Bewick’s and whooper swans roosting on the reserve
  2. Watch tree sparrows, reed buntings and yellowhammers feeding only metres away from the visitor centre
  3. See thousands of ducks and wading birds when the water levels are shallow

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