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Blacktoft gets that autumn feeling

Last modified: 10 October 2013

Mistle thrush with berry in beak

Visit Blacktoft to celebrate the new season.

Image: Steve Round

October is a time when RSPB Blacktoft Sands starts to get that autumn feeling, and to celebrate the new season, the nature reserve is holding a free open day.

As the reserve takes on wonderful autumnal colours, and the many birds that make Blacktoft their home over autumn and winter start to arrive, visitors are invited to join staff and volunteers on Sunday 20 October to celebrate the new season and find out more about the wildlife that lives there.

Mike Andrews, visitor officer says: "You know when it is autumn when you hear the "wink wink" call of pink-footed geese flying over the reserve and the chatter of thrushes as they feed on the red berries in the bushes.

"Everywhere you look you see autumn colours, from the golden reeds to the brown rustic colours of snipe hiding at the edge of our pools.  Even the moths at this time of year come in all shades of brown, yellow and red."

During the open day there will be guided walks, guides in hides and children can try the special autumn wildlife challenge to win a prize. Entry to the autumn open day is free and will take place between 11am and 4pm. For more information contact the reserve at or by calling 01405 704665.

Blacktoft Sands is situated between Ousefleet and Adlingfleet on the south side of the River Ouse, signposted from Goole and Keadby. For the latest news from the nature reserve, visit


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