Grid ref: 373 664 / Area: 4.0 hectares
On a remote stretch of coastline which is internationally important for birds, three pools have been specially created for wildfowl.
to get there
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The pools were dug between 1983 - 87, and have attracted more wildlife as they developed naturally. Over 100 species of bird have been sighted here, and shelduck, redshank and lapwing often nest on the reserve. In spring 2001 part of the sea wall protecting the outer pool collapsed, creating a tidal lagoon. During periods of low tide the expansive areas of mud attract birds such redshank, little grebe and little egret.
The two shallower pools attract wading birds, especially green and common sandpipers during spring and autumn. The highlight of winter is the variety of wildfowl that feed here, which have included smew, scaup and black-necked grebe.
To control water levels, sluice gates have been fitted into the two shallow pools. Reeds have also been planted around the largest pool. Hedges and shrubs are being planted to screen visitors.
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