Due to the severe weather warning of high tides, the reserve will be closed all day Friday 6 December, and until 12 pm on Saturday 7 December. Please check the blog for the latest upates.
Top things to do in Spring
- Listen to the magnificent chorus of skylarks over the wet grassland
- Watch the aerobatic display of the lapwings as they tumble around in the sky in order to attract a mate
- Brown hares use the fields as boxing rings in the early morning
Top things to do in Summer
- Dragonflies hawk insects along the ditches and over the reedbed. They may in turn attract the attention of a spectacular hobby
- Marsh harriers hunt over the wet grassland and, with luck, you might see a rare Montagu’s harrier
- Nesting wading birds on the scrapes may include avocets, ringed plovers, little ringed plovers and oystercatchers
Top things to do in Autumn
- Scarce species such as little stints, curlew sandpipers and spotted redshanks are all regular visitors
- Wading birds move through in large numbers as they migrate for the winter
- Kingfishers return from their inland breeding grounds to fish in the coastal creeks
Top things to do in Winter
- Brent geese from Siberia congregate on the saltmarsh in their thousands, while impressive flocks of lapwings and golden plovers feed on the wet grassland
- Flocks of twites and snow buntings feed on the scrapes and saltmarsh, and enigmatic Lapland buntings can be found
- Look out for talons - peregrines, merlins and hen harriers all regularly hunt over the saltmarsh
15 December to 16 February 2014
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