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Top things to do in Spring

  1. Marvel at the aerial courtship displays of the redshanks
  2. Witness the arrival of spring migrants - look for white-rumped wheatears en route to their northern breeding grounds
  3. Be dazzled by bright flashes of yellow wagtails back from their winter in Africa

Top things to do in Summer

  1. View the marshes in bloom - sea lavender, sea aster and sea purslane create a carpet of colour
  2. See the rusty seals basking on the mudflats, gleaming red-golden in the sunshine
  3. Soak up the sun on the sea wall and hope to see a migrant butterfly - will it be a clouded yellow or painted lady?

Top things to do in Autumn

  1. Autumn migration begins with sightings of godwits and other waders
  2. Catch sight of roosting waders such as knots, dunlins and oystercatchers at high tide
  3. Wander along the sea wall and absorb the tranquil atmosphere

Top things to do in Winter

  1. The winter bird spectacle is at its best as waders and other coastal species feed on the exposed mud at low tide. They roost at high tide when the sea covers their feeding grounds
  2. Look amongst the brent goose flocks for the stripy-winged youngsters - did they have a good breeding season in Siberia?
  3. Watch out for a peregrine dashing across an angry sky - catch a glimpse if you're lucky!

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  • A water vole (I think).
  • Mistle Thrush
  • Black Headed Gull
  • Goldfinch
  • Yellow Wagtail ?
  • Wading Bird
  • BIG Trucks :)

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