Following closure of the reserve after the storm surge we are pleased to be able to reopen part of the reserve from mid-day on 12 December. Please note that this is for on-foot access only, between the car park as far as the first hide (Rotary hide), which is about a mile from the car park. All other parts of the reserve are dangerous and will remain closed for some time.
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide vehicle access for less mobile visitors, as the track has been washed away and is impassable. We are hoping to rebuild this as soon as conditions allow.
Top things to do in Spring
- On the big spring high tides, see tens of thousands of wading birds using Snettisham as a staging post for their long migration flights to the Arctic
- Enjoy early spring flowers and fragrant flowering hawthorn as you walk down the path to the hides
- Sit in the hides, watch, listen, enjoy as hundreds of nesting gulls and terns set up nests on the lagoon islands
Top things to do in Summer
- On sunny days sit, relax and meditate as you look out onto the vast coastal wilderness that is The Wash - Europe’s most important bird estuary
- Along the paths, look for colourful wildflowers such as yellow-horned poppy and viper’s bugloss
- See how many different butterflies you can see spot on the walk in from the car park, or watch the antics of gulls and terns feeding their newly-hatched offspring
Top things to do in Autumn
- On the biggest high tides each month, witness the world-famous Snettisham spectacular. Many tens of thousands of wading birds take to the air as the incoming tide pushes them off the vast mudflats
- Keep your eyes on the skies as the swallows and martins of summer depart southwards and the first thrushes and wildfowl arrive from the north
- Enjoy some fantastic autumn sunsets over The Wash by taking an early evening stroll along the beach
Top things to do in Winter
- On the biggest high tides of the month, marvel at tens of thousands of knot gathering right in front you at Sanctuary and Roost hides.
- Witness the world famous spectacular dawn flights of huge squadrons of pink-footed geese leaving their night time roosts
- See how many different species of duck you can spot on the lagoons. You might just see a kingfisher as well!