Tips for Visitors

Tide Times

Tides play an important part in the number of birds and species to be seen on any given day. A tide of over 6.5m is required for water to enter the strays and over 7m to cover the majority of the mudflats on the River Humber and push the waders onto the strays.

Ideally a visit should be timed to coincide with high tide and should start around 1 to 2 hours before the tide if possible. In saying this, we have seen some excellent birds at low tide!

Please click on the following link for tide information: Tide Times


Wind is probably the most important factor as the banks around the strays are very exposed. Sitting on the S side of flood banks from the main reserve car park will normally provide protection from a N or E wind whilst looking over the strays towards the river and the hide is better for river watching under these conditions.

Even though it is an open railing structure, the fence around the red lighthouse can provide a surprising amount of protection from S & W winds for viewing N & E across the main stray and river watching.

Please click on the following link for weather information: Weather

Time of Day

As usual early morning & evening are best! Sun is of course a problem from a couple of hours each side of midday when looking south.

Weekends can be busy with dog walkers, particularly Sundays so again the earlier the better!


As always, Spring & Autumn migration is the most exciting time to visit!

Spectacular views of wader flocks can be seen during late autumn and early spring.

3 Responses to Tips for Visitors

  1. P L Green says:

    I absolutely love walking this area, yesterday we watched two deer at the rivers edge at low tide. But unfortunately when the public are involved there are always those who spoil it. I refer to certain dog walkers. Its infuriating at times, there are frequently piles of dog poo, and even if they bag it up, they leave the bag of poo on the path ! presumably they expect somebody else to clear the mess they leave behind !
    This is a beautiful nature reserve, I wish people could treat it with respect, and consider others.
    An excellent website with stunning pictures.

  2. J. Davies says:

    We visited this reserve for the first time today ( Sunday 24th Jan 2015) in time for the high tide at 9 am ( as advised). Despite is being pretty nippy with a goodish breeze, we saw a fantastic number of waders. Our Nine year old daughter was very impressed with the golden plovers and lapwings. The sheer numbers in the sky were awesome!! The “poo problem” is indeed a bit of a shame, and we did see several dogs off leads running up and down the banks from the path. We will definitely visit again though, towards spring. This is a really useful blog, thanks for sharing your knowledge and pictures!

  3. Phillip Green says:

    I have just returned from my regular walk, set off from the village hall and walk 3 miles up to the bird observation hut perched on the river bank. The ground was still frozen on my outward journey, and had begun to thaw on my return, making the track quite muddy. Despite this, it was a beautiful morning. This area is stunning any time of the year.
    Whilst there is still a ” dog poo ” problem, it doesn’t seem as bad lately.
    When I walked this route on Tuesday morning I saw a group of seven deer, in the field to the east of Paull castle.

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