FIELD­CRAFT

GET THE TIDES RIGHT

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your Birding Month -

Oc­to­ber is a good month for waders. But, at low tide, you could be star­ing across vast oceans of damp mud with­out a chance of get­ting to grips with wader ID. This is par­tic­u­larly ap­par­ent at such wader-rich ar­eas as The Wash, where the mud seems to go on for­ever. So, to get the best out of well-known wader hotspots, such as RSPB Framp­ton Marsh (in south Lin­colnshire) and RSPB Snet­tisham (in north Nor­folk), get into the hides well be­fore high tide (for in­stance at least an hour be­fore at Framp­ton). This way, you can make the most of that magic time when the birds are forced off the dis­tant mud by the ris­ing water and ap­pear at close range right in front of you. Even at bril­liant lo­cal­i­ties, you could still be in for a frus­trat­ing time if you are at the ‘wrong’ high tide. Only on the high­est spring tides will all the mud of ar­eas such as the Wash be cov­ered.

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