RSPB Blacktoft Sands

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Located on the south bank of the River Ouse, Blacktoft Sands opens up into the captivating Humber Estuary. This magical reserve is a paradise for birdwatchers, featuring a rich variety of waders, warblers, and raptors.

About Blacktoft Sands

  • Largest tidal reedbed in England
  • Six shallow lagoons and grazing marshland
  • Home to diverse bird species such as marsh harriers, bitterns, and bearded tits

Conservation Efforts

  • Reedbeds grazed by ponies and maintained for various bird species
  • Water levels managed for optimum breeding conditions
  • 32 acres of grazing marsh roamed by cattle, sheep, and ponies

What Might You See?

  • Avocet
  • Bearded Tit
  • Bittern
  • Hen Harrier
  • Marsh Harrier

Nature Spectacles

  • Raptor spectaculars
  • Beautiful waders

Seasonal Highlights


Marsh harriers and avocets take the stage with their aerial displays.


Calm mornings are perfect for observing bearded tits and warblers.


Look out for a variety of migrating wading birds.


Experience the marsh harriers’ roosting spectacle during the afternoons and evenings.


  • Visitor centre
  • Car park
  • Toilets and accessible toilets
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Refreshments
  • Picnic area
  • Binocular hire

How to Get Here

  • By train: Nearest station is Goole
  • By bus: Number 360/361 from Goole
  • By bike: National Cycle Network passes nearby
  • By road: Directions from Goole

Entrance costs:

Free entrance to RSPB members
Adults £5
Children £2 (5-17 years) Free entrance for first child
Free entrance for under 5s
Student £3
Free entrance for carers

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RSPB Blacktoft Sands, Goole, DN14 8HR
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