Top things to do in Spring

  1. Look for newly arrived African migrants whilst saying goodbye to our winter visitors
  2. Listen for the seven whistles of whimbrels passing through on their journey to Iceland
  3. A great time for sky watching. Look out for raptors including red kites, harriers and hobbies

Top things to do in Summer

  1. Check the flock of gorgeously dressed black-tailed godwits for colour ringed birds which help our understanding of their life histories
  2. From mid-June look for the first returning waders on their way south. Green sandpipers are often the first to appear
  3. Watch the skies for returning ospreys - they're regular visitors from mid-July

Top things to do in Autumn

  1. For waders, autumn starts in July but August and September is the peak time. How many species can you see on a single visit?
  2. The hedges, lines of gorse and open grass hold migrants and these change everyday
  3. As the tide rises, large numbers of ducks and waders move onto the fields. Just relax and enjoy the spectacle

Top things to do in Winter

  1. Marsh Harriers and peregrines are daily visitors. Enjoy the chaos as they hunt for prey
  2. Cold weather, especially snow, can bring a new level of excitement. Enjoy the flocks of winter thrushes and skylarks. Snipe, woodcocks, plovers and geese are likely to be on the move
  3. Teals and dunlins often cover the fields. Can you find anything rare among them?

Extend your stay

Other places to visit

RSPB Arne reserve


A wealth of wildlife in a beautiful setting

Avocet chick in water

Freiston Shore

Explore the wilderness of The Wash, the UK’s most important estuary for wildlife

Gannet and chick on Bass Rock

Bempton Cliffs

Towering chalk cliffs home to 250,000 seabirds

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