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About Snettisham

Wader flock (including oystercatchers and dunlin) at the RSPB Snettisham nature reserve

Image: Chris Gomersall

This is the place to witness two of the UK's great wildlife spectacles. On big tides, as water covers the vast mudflats of The Wash, tens of thousands of wading birds are pushed off their feeding grounds and onto the roost banks and islands in front of the RSPB hides.

In the middle of winter, a dawn or dusk visit may reward you with the sight of thousands of pinkfooted geese flying from their overnight roosts inland to feed. Large numbers of black-headed gulls and smaller numbers of common terns nest on the reserve in summer, when there is a spectacular display of shingle flowers.

To help you plan your visit, the RSPB produces birdwatchers' tide tables. These include details of the best tides for watching wading birds. Contact the reserve for details.

Opening times

Open at all times.

Entrance charges

Free, but donations to help us continue our work here are welcome.

Information for dog owners

Dogs are welcome under close control. We encourage responsible dog walking, and ask you to keep your dog on a lead while you are on the reserve. This is particularly important between mid-April and mid-August, when ringed plovers and oystercatchers nest on the beach, and on the highest tides when flocks of wading birds may roost on the beach.

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Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 52.86822,0.45139
  • Grid reference: TF650328
  • Nearest town: Hunstanton, Norfolk
  • County: Norfolk
  • Country: England

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