RSPB Blacktoft Sands

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About

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

Spring

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

Summer

Calm mornings are perfect for observing bearded tits and warblers.

Autumn

Look out for a variety of migrating wading birds.

Winter

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

Facilities

  • 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

images: Sam Turley (rspb-images.com)

Where

RSPB Blacktoft Sands, Goole, DN14 8HR
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