We’re opening and looking forward to welcoming you back but please note that everyone needs to book their visit in advance. We’ve made other changes too and restricted or closed some of our experience. Visit the bookings page for details.

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Spring

Lapwing and shelduck begin their noisy courtships; wild orchids are among the many wildflowers coming into bloom; the first of the new season’s ducklings hatch.

Summer

Warblers are in full song; a carpet of wildflowers attracts many rare and special species of butterfly, dragonfly and moth; water voles swim and scamper by their waterside burrows.

Autumn

Little egrets create a comical sight as several attempt to roost in the same tree; high tides push migrating waders closer to the shore and the hides.

Winter

The estuary fills with up to 50,000 wintering waterbirds, with rarities like the bittern sometimes among them; up above, birds of prey are hunting and, as dusk falls, may include representatives from all five native species of owl.