Places to see birds

Other further away places to visit


Alkborough Flats, Alkborough, Norrth Lincolnshire DN15 9JG
A recently developed area of wetlands where the Trent and Ouse join to form the Humber. Thousands of wintering waterbirds and waders can be seen. Other species include marsh harrier, spoonbill and bearded tit.

Attenborough, near Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire NG9 6DY (see also
A huge reserve with lakes, wetland, grassland and woodland close to the River Trent. It is home to a wide range of species including sand martin, bittern and a variety of gulls, wildfowl, waders and woodland birds.

Bempton Cliffs, near Bridlington, North Yorkshire YO15 1JF
This RSPB reserve, along with nearby Flamborough Head has spectacular sea cliffs with gannets, razorbills, guillemots and puffins and cliff top habitats with tree sparrows, corn buntings and skylarks.

Bolton Abbey and Strid Wood, near Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 6EX
A beautiful wooded stretch of the River Wharfe. Best visited in the spring when typical species include common sandpiper, goosander and dipper on the river with warblers and pied flycatcher in the woods.

Blacktoft Sands, near Goole, East Yorkshire DN14 8HR
England's largest intertidal reedbed with a diverse population of waders, warblers, raptors, bearded tits and bittern. Scrub areas attract warblers in the summer as well as a resident colony of tree sparrows.

Brandon Marsh, near Coventry, Warwickshire CV3 3GW
An enjoyable reserve to visit at anytime of the year with lakes, woodlands and wildflower meadows. Birds include kingfisher, water rail, cuckoo, wildfowl and gulls. Otters can sometimes also be seen.

Burton Mere Wetlands, near Chester, Cheshire CH64 5SF
A mosaic of freshwater wetland habitats, farmland and woodland straddling the border between England and Wales and hosting avocets, bearded tits, a variety of egrets, harriers, swallows and a wealth of wildfowl.

Carsington Water, nr Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1ST (see also
A large reservoir with a wealth of waterbirds. Following the path all the way around the lake's 8 1/2 mile perimeter adds woodlands, grassland and a small reedbed. There is a Wildlife Centre and a number of hides.

Clumber Park, near Worksop, Nottinghamshire S80 3AZ (also
Woods, heathland and open parkland around a lake with ducks, geese, swans and grebes. Look out for hawfinches at the top of hornbeams and willow and marsh tits in damp woods around the lake.

Coombes Valley, near Leek, Staffordshire ST13 7EU
A wooded stream valley just on the other side of the Peak District National Park with redstart, pied flycatcher, buzzard, raven, great spotted woodpecker, garden warbler, wood warbler, dipper and woodcock.

Fairburn Ings, near Castleford, West Yorkshire WF10 2BH
Lakes, wetland and woodland on a former coal mining site. Star species are bittern, cattle egret, great white egret, willow tit, kingfisher and tree sparrow. Nearby is St Aidans, another RSPB reserve (see below).

Far Ings, near Barton-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire DN18 5RG
Lakes and reedbeds on the southern edge of the Humber. Species include bittern, water rail, kingfisher and many other water birds. The Visitor Centre feeders attract tree sparrow, twite and willow tit.

Filey Dams and Filey Brigg, North Yorkshire Y014
Two contrasting places within walking distance of one other. The Brigg has cliff-nesting birds and is a good vantage point for sea watching as well as for migrants. The Dams is a small wetland reserve.

Frampton Marsh, near Boston, Lincolnshire PE20 1AY
On the Lincolnshire coast of The Wash, Frampton Marsh has avocet, redshank, skylark and whimbrel in summer, with thousands of ducks and geese gathering on the freshwater scrapes in winter.

Gibraltar Point, near Skegness, Lincolnshire PE24 4SU
Sandy, muddy seashores, sand-dunes, salt marshes and fresh water habitats on the Lincolnshire coast. Birds that can be seen here include merlin, hen and marsh harriers, brent goose and many migrants.

Idle Valley, Lound, Nottinghamshire DN22 8RQ
A large nature reserve on reclaimed gravel pits along the River Idle. Birds seen by our members on visits have included marsh harrier, grebes, green and greater spotted woodpeckers, stonechat and Cetti's warbler.

Idle Washlands, Newington, Nottinghamshire DN10 6DJ
Another area of reclaimed gravel pits and floodplain meadows downstream from the above on the far side of Bawtry. Slaynes Lane between Newington and Misson can give good views of wildfowl, egrets and waders.

Leighton Moss, near Carnforth, Lancashire LA5 0SW
The largest reedbed in north-west England and home to a spectacular range of wildlife including bearded tit, marsh harrier, great white egret and water rail. Parts also provide views of waders close to Morecambe Bay.

Middleton Lakes, near Tamworth, Staffordshire B78 2BB
A mosaic of wetlands, meadows and woodland in the heart of the River Tame Valley. Trails lead through a variety of rich habitats, alive with birds including waders, wildfowl, grey heron and kingfisher.

North Cave Wetlands, North Cave, East Yorkshire HU15 2LY
An area of reclaimed gravel pits now developing into a mixture of shallow and deep water lakes and reedbeds which provide outstanding habitat for passage, breeding and wintering wildfowl, waders, terns and gulls.

Paxton Pits, near St Neots,Cambridgeshire PE19 6ET
Lakes, meadow, grassland, scrub and woodland with a wealth of wildlife all year round. The reserve is famous for its nightingales and cormorants and home to a wide variety of birds and other wildlife.

Rutland Water Nature Reserve, near Oakham, Rutland LE15 8BT
Famous for its nesting ospreys, these two large areas of wetland, grassland and woodland on the edge of Rutland Water also support other birds of prey as well as a wealth of waders, wildfowl and warblers.

Saltholme Marsh, Stockton-on-Tees, Teeside TS2 1TP
These family-friendly wetlands have a visitor centre, hides and screens which let you get close to birds such as water rail, yellow wagtails and common tern. Other star species include lapwing and peregrine.

Sandwell Valley, near West Bromwich, West Midlands B43 5AG
Get close to nature at Sandwell Valley, a perfect reserve for families to have fun together outdoors. Star species include goosander, lapwing, little ringed plover, snipe and warblers including whitethroat.

Sherwood Forest, near Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire NG21 9RN (also
The wooded parts of the Forest can support birds including crossbills, brambling, marsh tit, lesser spotted woodpecker and hawfinch. Budby Heath to the north has species including woodlark, hobby and nightjar.

Spurn Head, near Hull, East Yorkshire HU12 0UH
Big skies and ever changing wildlife make Spurn one of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's most iconic nature reserves. Due to its prominent east coast position, huge numbers of birds pass through during the year.

St Aidans Nature Park, Allerton Bywater, West Yorkshire LS26 8SL
Twinned with nearby Fairburn Ings, this is a reclaimed opencast coal mine with lakes and a reedbed. Birds can include bittern, hobby, black-necked grebe, short-eared owl and a wide variety of waterfowl.

Tophill Low, near Beverley, East Yorkshire YO25 9RH
Two reservoirs surrounded by woods, wetlands and grasslands. Species that might be seen include marsh and willow tits, barn owl, goldeneye and scaup. Winter months can bring a large gull roost.

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint, Norton/Carburton, Nottinghamshire NG20 9LB
Close to Clumber Park, this is the go to place for honey buzzard and goshawk. But be warned - views of neither are guaranteed! Carburton Lake has waterfowl and marsh tit may be seen at the feeding station.

Whisby Nature Park, near Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN6 9BW
Reclaimed gravel pits surrounded by grassland, marsh, scrub, willow carr old hedgerows and a small oak woodland which now support a wealth of wildlife including nightingales, warblers and wildfowl.