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Door 20: Winter waders birds in a watery, wonderland

Posted: Tuesday 20th December 2016 by Community

Greylag Geese at Coombe HillGreylag geese at Coombe Hill

Schools have broken up, and the countdown begins. Head out to Coombe Hill Nature Reserve and see how many over-wintering birds you can spot.

The migration of our winter visitors is a Christmas miracle that happens every year. Many of them travel thousands of miles from high up in the arctic to spend the winter in our relatively mild winters. We might think it’s chilly, but to them it’s a summer holiday!

Coombe Hill, like all our reserves, is free, but our over-wintering migrants are second to none. At times, it is completely covered in water, but so long as there hasn’t been too much rainfall, this is the ideal time to see teal and shoveller, widgeon and pintail, and many other winter wader and water birds.

There’s an easy, flat walk to the Grundon viewing hide, and a handy pub at the top of the lane.

The fabulous viewing hide at Coombe Hill, was funded by

Grundon Waste Management.


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