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coverWhere to Watch Birds in Yorkshire (Including the Former North Humberside)

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Paperback - 331 pages 2nd Ed (31 March, 1998)
Christopher Helm; ISBN: 0713646349

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Bird and Nature Reserves

 Bempton Cliffs - RSPB

Puffin Cliffs with large breeding seabird colonies.
Location: TA197738 - Near Bridlington.
Road: Off B1229 N of Bempton village.
Admission: Charge (RSPB members free). Open every day March - Nov. W/E opening at other times, but closed all January.
Facilities: Visitor centre. Clifftop paths with observation points and guided walks.
Telephone: 01262 422212
Features: Excellent views of breeding seabirds. Only Gannet colony on English mainland. Also Puffin (illustrated), Guillemot, Razorbill, Fulmar and Kittiwake. Tree Sparrows often around visitor centre.

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 Blacktoft Sands - RSPB

Reedbed and marsh.
Location: SE843232 - E of Ousefleet.
Road: Off A161 from Goole.
Facilities: Hides, trail (partly wheelchair accessable), shop and toilets.
Admission: Charge (free to RSPB members).
Telephone: 01405 704665
Features: These wetlands hold breeding Marsh Harrier, Bearded Tit and Avocet. Good for passage waders and winter wildfowl and Hen Harrier.

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 Potteric Carr - Yorks WT
Grasshopper Warbler Marshland reserve.
Location: SE589007 - 2 miles from Doncater.
Admission: Permit holders only (see website for details)
Facilities: Trails, partly wheelchair accessable.
Telephone: See website.
Features: Combination of open water, marsh and woods provide habitat for a wide range of birds. Marsh Harrier, Little Ringed Plover and Grasshopper Warbler (illustrated) in summer, Bittern in winter and resident Woodcock. Full bird list available on very detailed website.
 Fairburn Ings - RSPB
Wetland reserve.
Location:SE452278 5 m N/E Castleford.
Road: Immediately W of A1
Facilities: Boardwalk (wheelchair accessable), hides, shop, refreshments, toilets.
Telephone: 01977 603796
Features: Breeding waders - Redshank, Snipe and Lapwing. Winter wildfowl includes Whooper Swan. Passage birds can include Black Tern and Little Gull.
 Tophill Low Nature Reserve - Yorkshire Water

Reservoirs with lagoons, marshes grassland and woods.
Location: TA 071482 - Between Beverley and Driffield.
Road: Signed from Watton on A164.
Facilities: Hides, Visitor Centre, nature trails.
Admission: Charge - permits issued from machine in car park.
Telephone: 01377 270690
Features: Wildfowl breeding (including Pochard, Gadwall) and in winter. Passage waders include Green Sandpiper.

 Old Moor Wetland Centre

250 acre reserve with a variety of wetland habitats.
Location: SE 442 402 - Dearne Valley, South Yorkshire.
Road: From M1, J36, then A6195 or from A1, J37, A636 then A6195. Brown tourist signs off all major routes.
Facilities: Disabled acces paths and hides, car park, toilets, visitor centre with exhibitions and souvenir shop. Pets paddock (Apr - Sept), picnic area. Guided walks, school visits (education pack available for teachers).
Admission: Charge - concessions, child and family tickets. School bookings welcome..
Telephone: 01226 751593
Features: Opened in 1998, the centre incorporates the former Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Wath Ings reserve and provides an exciting day out for those interested in the environment. The site offers a variety of habitats with lakes and flood meadows, wader scrape and reedbeds. There is an excellent bird species range including breeding and migrant waders and wildfowl which can be viewed through five superb, easily accessible, hides. There is a winter feeding programme which attracts large numbers of birds close to the hides providing excellent family bird viewing. Website: