This coastal tour during an ebbing tide offers a fantastic experience for everyone interested in The Wash’s wading and water birds.
Gazing out across the Wash from the sandy dunes, your expert guide will illuminate the spectacle of the half million birds that home at Snettisham throughout the year. You’ll learn how to identify species and hear stories of the often heroic migratory routes to reach this haven.
With the seasons you might see Turnstone, Dunlin, Sandling, Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Knot, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Little-ringed Plover to name a few. Some will be rare, and some will be common, birds don’t follow rule books and we could encounter anything.
You’ll also cross over to the inner sea wall to visit Wild Ken Hill’s green and watery freshwater marshes, learning about the wonderful waders and other birds. Your guide will explain the conservation work we do to encourage these wonderful species, managing water levels and grazing to create and improve the habitats.
In the distance, you will glimpse the rewilding area, and your guide will help explain the interaction between these different areas, and why we manage them differently as part of our three-prong approach to nature conservation.
Start Time: Wader Watch has a flexible start time to account for the tide
Duration: Around 2 and a half hours
- Tour typically on foot. Possible vehicle use in bad weather.
- Moderate walking pace with frequent stops. Moderate fitness is best to cope with walking on uneven ground. There are a small number of hilly slopes with gradients no steeper than 20%.
- Walking distance: 2-4 km
- Tour will go ahead in almost all weathers, so please dress accordingly. Trousers, sleeve-length tops and robust shoes are required in all weathers, as the ground is uneven and the long grass can be wet or scratchy. In wet or cold weather, a warm waterproof coat and wellington boots are required.
- Suitable for Children 12 and over. For little legs and impatient enthusiasts please see The Big Picture - Families
- Covid-19 secure