This is the place to witness two of the UK's great wildlife spectacles. On big tides, as water covers the vast mudflats of The Wash, tens of thousands of wading birds are pushed off their feeding grounds and onto the roost banks and islands in front of the RSPB hides.
In the middle of winter, a dawn or dusk visit may reward you with the sight of thousands of pinkfooted geese flying from their overnight roosts inland to feed. Large numbers of black-headed gulls and smaller numbers of common terns nest on the reserve in summer, when there is a spectacular display of shingle flowers.
To help you plan your visit, the RSPB produces birdwatchers' tide tables. These include details of the best tides for watching wading birds. Contact the reserve for details.
Where to go
- RSPB Snettisham
- PE31 7RA
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The reserve is open every day of the year. The visitor centre and shop are open daily from 9.30am - 5.00pm (closing at 4.00pm from November to February). Both are closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day
The cafe is open daily from 9.30am - 4.30pm (closing at 4.00pm from November to February). It is also closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day