GET THE TIDES RIGHT
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.