Use the tides

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your Birding Month -

It may seem very ob­vi­ous, but the rea­son we in­clude tide ta­bles in this the most prac­ti­cal sec­tion of the magazine, is be­cause they can be very use­ful in plan­ning your bird­watch­ing. Take an ex­treme case such as Snet­tisham RSPB on the ‘shore’ of The Wash in north-west Nor­folk. At low tide, the ex­tent of mud is mas­sive and the tens of thou­sands of waders will be dis­tant at best. Even on a rel­a­tively low high tide, there will still be plenty of mud. Only on the high­est ‘spring tides’ are the waders forced to seek refuge in their vast masses in the la­goons by the re­serve’s hides. Though less ex­treme, sim­i­lar tidal ef­fects, mov­ing wad­ing birds closer or fur­ther from where you can see them or even en­cour­ag­ing seabirds in­land, can be seen. So, be­fore you plan to go to the coast or any tidally af­fected area, check the tide ta­bles, care­fully.

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