Wednesday 14th April

Aire Valley - Fairburn Ings and St Aidan's

Aire Valley - Fairburn Ings and St Aidan's
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Aire Valley - Fairburn Ings and St Aidan's

Wednesday 14th April

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The Wagtails have been out in force during the last few days. Whilst it looks like the Grey-headed might have moved on, we have had reports of around 10 Yellow and 30+ Pied on the Flashes. The flashes have also given further good sightings this week, 11 Avocet were seen there on Monday, along with 1 Green Sandpiper and a Little Egret, with the highlight on Tuesday being a female Merlin.

Across the rest of the reserve a female Scaup has been spotted on Main Bay in the last few days. There have also been sightings of Green Woodpecker, Curlew, Kestrel, Tree Creeper, Willow Tit and Tree Sparrow.

The feeders have been busy this week with plenty of sightings of Bullfinch, Goldfinch and Tree Sparrow, along with a male Reed Bunting and a couple of Pheasants seen on Tuesday.

The recent spell of good weather has meant that we are regularly seeing Peacock, Speckled Wood and Brimstone Butterflies.  


  • Thanks Matt & Laura, much appreciated!!

  • Yes that's correct, the flashes are both sides of the road near to the Lin Dike Carpark, each pool has an individual name which I try to refer to but sometimes the sightings book just refers to the flashes in general! if you need any more help with areas on the reserve then pop into the visitor centre and we'd be happy to show you on a map!

  • I believe the 'Flashes' are the lakes in the Lin Dike area.

  • As a recent convert to Fairburn - could somebody tell me which part of the reserve is known as the "Flashes"?