Hayle Estuary, the most south westerly estuary in the UK, is home to a wide variety of wetland birds. Nestling in among the town of Hayle, exploring this reserve makes for a perfect afternoon activity. And when you've seen your fill, just nip over the road into town to one of the cafés, or head down to the sandy beach.

Winter is one of the best times to visit Hayle Estuary, when you can see a vast flocks of Teals and Wigeons and maybe a vagrant Ring-billed Gull from North America. Every year, up to 18,000 migrant and wintering waterfowl flock to the Hayle estuary – especially during chilly weather, when conditions here may be milder than elsewhere in the UK.

During spring and autumn, Hayle Estuary is a great place to spot migrant wading birds, gulls and terns. In summer, if you are lucky, you may catch sight of an Osprey. 

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