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About Blacktoft Sands

Aerial view of RSPB Blacktoft Sands nature reserve

Image: David Wootton

Come to Blacktoft Sands throughout the year and see how many of our 270 species of birds you can see! The tidal reedbed is the largest in England and is important for its breeding bearded tits, bitterns and marsh harriers.

One of the most breathtaking sights in summer is pairs of marsh harriers, which pass food from one to the other in mid-air during their acrobatic courtship display. In winter, there are thousands of ducks easily viewed from wheelchair accessible hides.

Opening times

The reserve is open daily (except Christmas Day) from 9 am to 9 pm (or dusk if earlier). The reception hide is open daily from 9 am to 4 pm April until October, and at weekends from November to February. During the winter months, the reception hide will also be open on selected weekdays from 10am to 3pm.

Entrance charges

Members free. Non-members: adults £4, under 16s £1, concessions £3, family £7.

If you are new to birdwatching...

Birds on the lagoons are clearly visible from all hides. Marshland hide provides particularly close views of waders and ducks. There are a series of guided walks throughout the year, intended to introduce beginners to various waders, warblers and raptors.

Information for families

Take part in RSPB Blacktoft Sands monthly wildlife challenge. Pick up the challenge from our reception and try to spot as many of the different types of wildlife as you can find listed on the sheet. The extra tricky things are marked with a star and if you see one of those then you win a prize. The challenge changes every month. Look out also for some of our special events that are particularly suitable for families like our Open Days.

Information for dog owners

No dogs allowed, except registered assistance dogs

How you can help

Coast on a stormy day with heavy rain falling on coastal headland

We're setting up an emergency fund that we can use to get our reserves back into shape and repair the damage caused. Please help us rebuild from the worst storm in 60 years.

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Contact us

Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 53.69844,-0.72462
  • Grid reference: SE843232
  • Nearest town: Goole, East Yorkshire
  • County: East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Country: England

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Note: Some reserves are not served directly by public transport and, in these cases, a nearby destination (from which you may need to walk or take a taxi or ferry) may be offered.