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Snettisham is home to two of the UK's great wildlife spectacles: massive clouds of wading birds whirling around as they are pushed off the mud by the incoming tide, and huge flocks of pink footed geese leaving their night-time roost at dawn in V-shaped formations.
Here's our simple guide to getting the best views of the birds. You can also download a table, showing the best dates and times to visit Snettisham, from this page.
The breathtaking flight of up to 50,000 wading birds leaving the mudflats of The Wash and landing in front of Snettisham's hides is one of nature's most impressive sights.
Though waders can be seen on all of the highest tides from mid-July to late May, the best period is from August to January.
For the best experience, time your visit to coincide with a tide high enough to cover all the mudflats. We recommend visiting three different spots to get the most from your visit.
25 May 2011
Image: Graham Catley
The goose spectacular occurs in the hour or so after dawn from mid-November to late January.
You might see tens of thousands of geese flying overhead in V-shaped formations, all calling loudly. At dusk, they return to the mudflats for the night.
To see the goose spectacular, get there by dawn. It's early, but it's worth leaving your duvet for! Avoid up to five days either side of full moon as the spectacular is not as reliable in this period.
For the best views, of the geese, stand on the beach between the wader watchpoint and Rotary Hides. The first groups to leave each morning may give an indication as to the best places to stand later during the spectacular.
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