RSPB Blacktoft Sands Nature Reserve

“The staff's knowledge of the wildlife is second to none and they are clearly very passionate about the subject.” - VisitEngland Assessor


Goole, East Riding Of Yorkshire

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Blacktoft Sands feature more than 270 species of birds throughout the year. The tidal reedbed is the largest in England, and is important for its breeding bearded tits, bitterns and marsh harriers. One of the most breathtaking sights in summer is pairs of marsh harriers, which pass food from one to the other in mid-air during their acrobatic courtship display. In winter, there are thousands of ducks easily viewed from wheelchair-accessible hides.

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RSPB Blacktoft Sands Nature Reserve
Hillcrest, High Street, Whitgift, GOOLE, East Riding of Yorkshire, DN14 8HL


About the area

Discover East Riding of Yorkshire

Yorkshire’s East Riding is the only one left of a trio of ‘ridings’ which existed up until 1974. The North and West are gone, to be replaced by North, South and West Yorkshires. The East Riding rises up from the Hull side of the Humber estuary, until it reaches Flamborough Head. This is an impressive headland with sheer white cliffs, serving as a home to large colonies of seabirds. The area is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

The county has plenty of beachy coast, including the seaside towns of Hornsea and Bridlington. The first of these is between the sea and a large freshwater lake called Hornsea Mere. This is also an SSSI and an SAC, and is great for watersports and fishing. The area was also known for its pottery, which has sadly gone into decline in recent years. Further north, Bridlington is a family-friendly summer beach resort. Kingston upon Hull is the largest city in the county, and was one of the few places outside London that suffered widespread bombing during WW2. It’s long ago come back from that though, and was the 2017 UK City of Culture. 


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