DONNA NOOK

A walk tak­ing in a large area of the Lin­colnshire coastal salt­marsh and dunes

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THE CRE­ATION OF a large man­aged re­align­ment scheme at Donna Nook has pro­duced a cir­cu­lar walk that takes in some pro­duc­tive mi­grant habi­tats. There are also huge ar­eas of salt­marsh and coastal mud and sand flats that sup­port large win­ter flocks of Shel­duck, dark­bel­lied Brent Geese, Teal, Golden Plover and Lap­wing. Walk­ing west from the car park, a se­ries of shal­low saline la­goons within the re­align­ment site hold feed­ing Lit­tle Egrets and a va­ri­ety of waders, in­clud­ing Red­shank, Dun­lin and on pas­sage Green­shank and Ruff, with the chance of Curlew Sand­piper and Lit­tle Stint. Scan­ning over the salt­marsh veg­e­ta­tion will of­ten re­veal a hunt­ing Marsh Har­rier and, in win­ter, pos­si­bly Hen Har­rier and Mer­lin. To­wards the western bank new plan­ta­tions and rough grass in­land of the bank hold win­ter flocks of Goldfinches and Lin­nets. Barn Owls may be seen over the in­land fields. Scan over Grainthorpe Marsh for more chances of Mer­lin and Hen and Marsh Har­ri­ers. To the north-east, the fa­mous Pyes Hall of­fers a small area of scrub and dunes that has pro­duced a long list of rare birds over the years, and is al­ways worth a lengthy so­journ. You can ex­pect to see Yel­low­browed War­blers here (in au­tumn), along with Ring Ouzel, Firecrest, Red­start and Pied Fly­catcher. GRA­HAM CAT­LEY

Grey Seal pup learn­ing to swim Dark-bel­lied Brent Geese

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