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
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.