Discover the UK’S largest managed realignment site
ESTABLISHED IN LATE 2006 as the largest managed realignment site in Britain, Alkborough Flats has developed into a renowned birding location with a list of 200 species recorded in the subsequent nine years, including many first class rarities. The larger part of the site consists of mudflats that are covered by high spring tides and large expanding reedbeds. Waders include flocks of up to 1,600 Avocets in autumn, Black-tailed Godwits and regular passage Ruff (up to 100), Greenshank and Spotted Redshanks, the latter also in winter, while autumn and winter Teal number in their thousands, with Wigeon and Shoveler also impressive. TOP TIP For a panoramic view of the whole site look from the Maze, Julian’s Bower, signed locally The reedbeds have breeding Bearded Tits and Water Rails with Reed Warbler and Reed Bunting common in summer. Little Egrets and Spoonbills peak in early autumn. The remainder of the Flats is made up of wet grassland and some large areas of saltmarsh, the former holding large flocks of Lapwing, Golden Plover and Curlew, while Hen Harrier and Marsh Harriers hunt the latter in winter when Water Pipits hide in the vegetation and flocks of Snipe are occasionally flushed by the hunting harriers. Cetti’s Warbler is a new resident. Visible migration is always noteworthy and recent rare fly-over birds include Black Stork and Bee-eater, though Red Kite and Crane are more likely. High spring tides can flood the site totally and reduce bird numbers; check tide tables before planning a visit.
Marsh Harrier Bearded Tit