25th Aug 2024

Wader Spectacular

A single day tour including a morning watching the Wader Spectacular up on the Wash

Wader Spectacular

We will make an early start and head up to the Wash to catch the high tide. This is one of the most amazing wildlife spectacles it is possible to see in the UK, when huge numbers of wading birds congregate around the mudflats of the Wash, in north-west Norfolk, at the end of the breeding season, to moult or to spend the winter. Well in excess of 100,000 birds can be present here at times, the largest number being Knot, plus the likes of Bar-tailed GodwitOystercatcher, Grey Plover and Dunlin. There is usually a very good variety of other waders present too.

Only on the highest tides each month, the mud is entirely covered with water. At this point, all the birds are pushed off the Wash and fly inland, gathering on the old gravel pits at Snettisham or on the fields beyond. It is a truly amazing sight to see them whirling in huge flocks over the Wash and then flying overhead to roost, thousands at a time. An unforgettable experience!

We will then head over to the RSPB reserve at Titchwell where, after a break for lunch, we will spend a couple of hours looking at the different species of wader there more closely.

Gift Vouchers

If you would like to give a gift to someone who is interested in birds then a gift voucher from The Bird ID Company is an ideal present.

The vouchers can be flexible, and used against any tour or tours over the following 12 months, or can be bought for a specific tour.