• Tuesday 09.04.2024 Flood Closure

    A massive tide tonight with water going into reception, and with possibly two more higher tides this week we are definitely going to be closed until next week and then possibly a lot of repairs to do.

  • 20.03.24 Recent Sightings Highlights

    20.03.24 Recent Sightings Highlights

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    We are open again after recent tidal flooding but please be aware that wellington boots are essential to access Reedling and Marshland hides.

    Raptors

    Marsh Harrier

    Buzzard

    Sparrowhawk

    Kestrel

    Red Kite

    Barn Owl

    Waders

    Avocet

    Black-tailed Godwit

    Bar-tailed Godwit

    Curlew

    Lapwing

    Snipe

    Dunlin

    Oyster Catcher

    Golden Plover (over river Trent)

    Water…

  • Re-Open After Recent Tidal Floods 19.03.24

    Flood Update:- We're please to announce that we will re-open tomorrow Tuesday 19th March after recent tidal floods. Please be aware that wellington boots will be required to access Reedling and Marshland hides. All other hides can be accessed with normal sturdy footwear. An alternative route will be available to ousefleet hide. Please adhere to onsite signage.

  • 12.03.24 Closed Due To Tidal Flooding

    Sorry the reserve is currently closed due to tidal flooding.

    We will re-open as soon as we are able.

    Please check our social media channels for the latest information.

    https://www.facebook.com/RSPBBlacktoftSands

    https://twitter.com/Blacktoft_Sands

  • Local Road Closure & Chance of Flooding 10.03.24

    *Local Road Closure* From Monday 11th March until Friday 29th March Hoggard Lane Adlingfleet will be closed, If you are travelling from Scunthorpe/Keadby direction diversions will be in place through Luddington/Eastoft. Routes from M62/Goole will be open as normal.
    Also, there is a chance of the reserve flooding due to imminent high tides. Please check our social media channels for the latest information before travelling…
  • 26.02.24 Recent Sightings Highlights

    26.02.24 Recent Sightings Highlights

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    Flood water levels have now subsided and access is open to all trails at the reserve as normal.

    Raptors

    Ringtail Hen Harrier x 2

    Peregrine Falcon

    Marsh Harrier

    Sparrow hawk

    Kestrel

    Barn Owl

    Buzzard

    Red Kite

    Waders

    Avocet

    Curlew

    Black-tailed Godwit

    Dunlin

    Lapwing

    Snipe

    Passerines

    Kingfisher

    Bearded Tit

    Tree Sparrow

    Meadow Pipit

    Skylark

    Si…

  • 23.02.2024 Re-Open after recent tidal floods.

    We are pleased to announce that the reserve is open after recent tidal floods.

    Please be aware that the trail to Reedling and Marshland hide still has some deep puddles which will require wellington boots to cross.

    I hope to see you all at the reserve. 

  • 14.02.2024 Closed Due To Tidal Flooding

    14.02.24 *Closed Due To Tidal Flooding* A real humdinger of a tide last night peaking 1m above the land and flooding the reserve again, this time to the flood bank. This will mean we will be now closed until next week. We will assess water levels on Monday 19th Feb and advise via our social media channels. (Linked logos below)

                                    

    13.02.24*Please Note* Blacktoft Sands is closed and will remain closed for…

  • 12.02.24 Flood Update

    12.02.24 Flood Update & Recent Sightings

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    *Flood Update* Following last nights hide tide some of the pathways are partially flooded. Wellington boots will be required to access Reedling and Marshland hides. Ousefleet is accessible via alternative route and access to Singleton hide is as normal. Please adhere to signage on site. As we are expecting more high tides tonight…

  • Recent Sightings Highlights 29.01.24

    Recent Sightings Highlights 29.01.24

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    Reserve Fully Open

    Raptors

    Marsh Harrier

    Merlin

    Buzzard

    Kestrel

    Sparrowhawk

    Barn Owl

    Waders

    Curlew

    Black-tailed Godwit

    Snipe

    Dunlin

    Lapwing

    Green Sandpiper

    Water Rail

    Passerines

    Bullfinch

    Bearded Tit

    Tree Sparrow

    Water Pipit

    Meadow Pipit

    Stonechat

    Siskin

    Kingfisher

    Song Thrush

    Mistle Thrush

    Fieldfare

    Redwing

    Cetti’s Warbler

    Long-tailed…

  • Recent Sightings Highlights 17.01.24

    Recent Sightings Highlights 17.01.24

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    Please note that our Blacktoft reserve website is currently not fully working and has an issue that will take some time to repair. Please ignore any information on it for now and check our Facebook and X pages (as well as here) for all the latest information.

    The reserve is OPEN as usual!

    Raptors

    Marsh Harrier

    Hen Harrier (Ringtail)

    Barn…

  • Recent Sightings Highlights 08.01.24

    Recent Sightings Highlights 08.01.24

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    Raptors

    Hen Harrier

    Marsh Harrier

    Barn Owl

    Buzzard

    Kestrel

    Sparrowhawk

    Waders

    Jack Snipe

    Snipe

    Dunlin

    Golden Plover (over estuary)

    Curlew

    Redshank

    Lapwing

    Water Rail

    Bar-tailed Godwit

    Black-tailed Godwit

    Redshank

    Passerines

    Water Pipit

    Bearded Tit

    Blackbird

    Blue Tit

    Bullfinch

    Cetti’s Warbler

    Chaffinch

    Coal Tit

    Dunnock

    Fieldfare

  • Recent Sightings Highlights 14/12/23

    Recent Sightings Highlights 14/12/23

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    Raptors

    Hen Harrier

    Marsh Harrier

    Barn Owl

    Merlin

    Buzzard

    Kestrel

    Sparrowhawk

    Waders

    Jack Snipe

    Snipe

    Dunlin

    Golden Plover (over estuary)

    Curlew

    Redshank

    Lapwing

    Water Rail

    Passerines

    Water Pipit

    Fieldfare

    Redwing

    Kingfisher

    Brambling

    Meadow Pipit

    Greater Spotted Woodpecker

    Goldcrest

    Bullfinch

    Tree Sparrow

    Long-tailed Tit

    Bearded Tit

    Gol…

  • Recent Sightings Highlights 27/11/23

    Recent Sightings Highlights 27/11/23

    Raptors

    Hen Harrier (male and ringtail)

    Marsh Harrier

    Kestrel

    Sparrowhawk

    Barn Owl

    Peregrine (11.11.23)

    Waders

    Grey Phalarope (last report 19.11.23)

    Redshank

    Golden Plover (over estuary)

    Dunlin

    Curlew

    Jack Snipe

    Snipe

    Water Rail

    Passerines

    Redwing

    Fieldfare

    Kingfisher

    Greater Spotted Woodpecker

    Skylark

    Goldcrest

    Bull Finch

    Meadow Pipit

    Bearded Tit

    Stonechat

    Long-tailed Tit

    Cetti’s…

  • Reserve re-opens

    With the flood waters slowly receding the reserve has now re-opened, please note that to access all the hides you still need Wellington boots (20cm plus of water!). 

    We are now in winter opening times too - 9am to 4.30pm. The reception centre is not open at this time of year apart from at weekends. 

    There is a reasonable selection of birds about with plenty of snipe, a range of duck and geese, marsh harriers and winter…

  • Flood Update 31/10/23 - Closed!

    Flood Update 31/10/23

    High tides compounded by high freshwater flow from a swollen river system three days in a row has resulted in high water levels covering all trails and pathways at the reserve. This means the reserve will remain closed for the rest of this week and possibly the weekend too. Water is currently about knee height and will take some time to dissipate especially considering the water table is likely to…

  • Closed due to Flooding 29/10/23

    Closed due to Flooding 29/10/23

    Due to a large and ongoing influx of tidal water flooding the reserve this morning Blacktoft will be closed until further notice. Please check our social media channels for regular updates.

                                  

                                        

  • Recent Sightings Highlights 10.10.23 - 21.10.23

    Recent Sightings Highlights 10.10.23 - 21.10.23

    Raptors

    Hen Harrier (Ringtail – 18.10.23)

    Marsh Harrier

    Peregrine

    Buzzard

    Kestrel

    Sparrowhawk

    Merlin

    Red Kite

    Barn Owl

    Hobby (10.10.23)

    Waders

    Golden Plover (over estuary)

    Snipe

    Redshank

    Green Shank

    Curlew

    Green Sandpiper

    Lapwing

    Spotted Redshank

    Dunlin

    Water Rail

    Waterfowl

    Pink-footed Geese (see News below)

    Goldeneye

    Pintail

    Whooper Swan

    Mute Swan

    Teal

    Wigeon

    Sho…

  • Reserve to reopen on Saturday 7th October

    After recent flooding the reserve will re-open tomorrow morning. Please bring wellingtons if you want access to all the hides as it will make it easier. 

  • Reserve Closed due to tidal flooding

    Due to an extreme high tide this morning and those forecast for the next two days we have had to close the reserve for Safety Reasons. Closure will be for the next week at least by the looks of it but we will try to keep everyone updated as and when we re-open. Alternative sites to visit are North Cave Wetlands, Fairburn Ings/St Aidens, or Old Moor. 

  • Recent Sightings Highlights 25.09.23

    Recent Sightings Highlights 25.09.23

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    Raptors

    Marsh Harrier

    Barn Owl

    Sparrowhawk

    Buzzard

    Kestrel

    Hobby

    Waders

    Ruff

    Curlew Sandpiper

    Redshank

    Spotted Redshank

    Snipe

    Green Sandpiper

    Black-tailed Godwit

    Golden Plover (200 over estuary)

    Lapwing

    Dunlin

    Water Rail

    Jack Snipe (flew over 15.09.23)

    Waterfowl

    Pintail

    Pink-footed Geese (skeins flying over)

    Garganey (juv. 14.09.23)

    Teal

    Wig…

  • Recent Sightings Highlights 06.09.23

    Recent Sightings Highlights 06.09.23

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    Raptors

    Marsh Harrier

    Peregrine Falcon

    Hobby

    Barn Owl

    Buzzard

    Kestrel

    Sparrowhawk

    Merlin (30.08.23)

    Waders

    Little Stint (31.08.23)

    Wood Sandpiper (01.09.23)

    Greenshank

    Redshank

    Spotted Redshank

    Ruff

    Snipe

    Lapwing

    Curlew

    Green Sandpiper

    Common Sandpiper (29.08.23)

    Water Rail

    Dunlin

    Knot (flew over)

    Black-tailed Godwit

    Ringed Plover (flew…

  • Flood Update 05.09.2023

    Flood Update 05.09.2023

    Please note access to all main paths is Wellington boots only today, Ousefleet hide accessible in shoes.

  • Flood Update 04.09.2023

    Flood Update 04.09.2023

    Please note:

    Due to tidal flooding of the reserve we are unable to open the majority of the reserve to visitors. It is unsafe to move along the trail paths even in wellington boots and we are due more high tides this morning. Our sincere apologies.

    Whilst this in not good news for our visitors it is a natural process of the flood plain on which we sit and is beneficial to the habitat.

    Please check…

  • Recent Sightings Highlights 28.08.23

    Recent Sightings Highlights 28.08.23

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    Raptors

    Marsh Harrier

    Peregrine Falcon

    Barn Owl

    Hobby

    Kestrel

    Sparrow Hawk

    Buzzard

    Waders

    Curlew Sandpiper (23.08.23)

    Wood Sandpiper (19.08.23)

    Common Sandpiper

    Green Sandpiper

    Snipe

    Spotted Redshank

    Redshank

    Greenshank

    Avocet

    Ruff

    Black-tailed Godwit

    Dunlin

    Lapwing

    Curlew

    Water Rail

    Knot (26.08.23)

    Golden Plover (flew along River Ouse…