Wildlife to see in February

Go wildlife watching in FebruaryWigeon © Chris Grady

It might be a touch on the chilly side, but February is still a great month for birdwatching

Go deep into the forests to find crossbills, with the pine/spruce woodlands of Skipwith Common or YWT Allerthorpe Common good places to go to see this amazing bird, or try the North Yorkshire Forests in the North York Moors National Park.

For the best experience, head straight to the best locations under the guidance of local experts on a Yorkshire Coast Nature tour.

The Humber Estuary attracts tens of thousands of overwintering wading birds, such as knot, curlew and golden plover, which makes for an impressive sight, especially at high tide as the birdsare inevitably pushed closer to shore by the rising waters. YWT Spurn is the obvious destination to enjoy this spectacle, with a visit to nearby YWT Kilnsea Wetlands highly recommended.

Inland, our wetland reserves are filled with vast flocks of ducks, including teal, wigeon and shoveler. Try YWT North Cave Wetlands, Tophill Low or RSPB Blacktoft Sands.

Yorkshire Coast Nature

Yorkshire Coast Nature is an independent Yorkshire based wildlife tourism company offering a variety of activity tours, events and workshops for all levels of interest from beginner to advanced. Visit www.yorkshirecoastnature.co.uk to view all tours, events and workshops.