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About Snettisham

Important notice

Due to severe damage caused by the recent tidal surge, Snettisham is only partly opened.

Please note that there is only access as far as the waders watch point (which is about a mile from the car park). Accessible areas are clearly marked by banners and/or signs. The first hide is open, all other parts of the reserve and hides are dangerous and will remain closed for some time. Disabled access is now restored. Please contact the Snettisham office for full details on 01485 542 689

Wader flock (including oystercatchers and dunlin) at the RSPB Snettisham nature reserve

Image: Chris Gomersall

This is the place to witness two of the UK's great wildlife spectacles. On big tides, as water covers the vast mudflats of The Wash, tens of thousands of wading birds are pushed off their feeding grounds and onto the roost banks and islands in front of the RSPB hides.

In the middle of winter, a dawn or dusk visit may reward you with the sight of thousands of pinkfooted geese flying from their overnight roosts inland to feed. Large numbers of black-headed gulls and smaller numbers of common terns nest on the reserve in summer, when there is a spectacular display of shingle flowers.

To help you plan your visit, the RSPB produces birdwatchers' tide tables. These include details of the best tides for watching wading birds. Contact the reserve for details.

Opening times

Open at all times.

Entrance charges

Free, but donations to help us continue our work here are welcome.

Information for dog owners

Dogs are welcome under close control. We encourage responsible dog walking, and ask you to keep your dog on a lead while you are on the reserve. This is particularly important between mid-April and mid-August, when ringed plovers and oystercatchers nest on the beach, and on the highest tides when flocks of wading birds may roost on the beach.

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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Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 52.86822,0.45139
  • Grid reference: TF650328
  • Nearest town: Hunstanton, Norfolk
  • County: Norfolk
  • 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.