Two RSPB wetland nature reserves to walk with winter birds
Frampton Marsh, Lincolnshire
A fairly new RSPB reserve, this watery wonderland is now a key area for breeding and wintering birds. Innovative design and management of the reserve’s wetlands have helped draw in a variety of wildlife. In winter there are flocks of thousands of golden plover, and you may also see a starling murmuration, farmland birds and numerous birds of prey.
Wallasea Island, Essex
The Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project has recreated fantastic habitats for wildlife and reduced the risk of local flooding. Once farmland lying below sea level, the island was increasingly difficult to defend from rising sea levels. Using over three million tonnes of soil from tunnels of the Crossrail project, the RSPB raised the level of the land and then breached the sea defences to create a mosaic of habitats, perfect for brent geese, dunlin and avocet.
Find out more about RSPB nature reserves at rspb.org. uk/reserves