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AvocetsAvocet © Neil Aldridge

An iconic symbol of conservation success in the UK, the delicate monochrome of the avocet can now be enjoyed right here in East Yorkshire. Watch these wonderful waders as they raise their young along the Humber estuary and gather together in autumn before flying south.

WHAT SPECIES CAN I SEE?

For many, the monochrome avocets are the most attractive wading bird that can be seen in the Yorkshire Nature Triangle. A huge variety of wading birds can be seen including lapwings, plovers, oystercatchers, shanks, sandpipers, curlews and godwits.

PROBABILITY OF SIGHTINGS

Almost guaranteed.Wetland nature reserves are perfect to see migrating waders 'dropping in' during spring and autumn migration, and breeding waders (including avocets) in the summer months. The Humber Estuary attracts waders in incredible numbers during the winter months.

WHERE CAN I SEE THEM AND WHEN SHOULD I GO?

The three best places for for breeding avocets and other waders are YWT North Cave Wetlands in the Vale of York, RSPB Blacktoft Sands on the southbank of the River Ouse or YWT Kilnsea Wetlands near YWT Spurn. Waders breed between mid-April and July.

YWT Spurn, Hornsea Mere, YWT North Cave Wetlands, RSPB Blacktoft Sands and Tophill Low are amongst the best places to spot passage waders in spring and summer - great for those wishing to see rarer species.

For a truly impressive spectacle that everyone will enjoy, head to the Humber Estuary during winter for enomous flocks in their thousands. The best place to go is YWT Spurn. The birds feed on the exposed mudflats, and come into roost at high tide at YWT Kilnsea Wetlands - so timing a trip with the incoming tide will give the best views. *Be careful at YWT Spurn - at high tide the tip of the peninsula is cut off from the mainland*

WHAT ELSE CAN I SEE?

All of the nature reserves where you can see wading birds offer a lot for bird watchers, so choose reserves where you can spend some time. You can also easily visit two or three places in one day - try the Wild Day Out series for inspiration. The Hull Wetland Nature Trail between YWT North Cave and Tophill Low is particularly recommended.