Hello there,

We've been a little quiet on the blog front lately but this week Volunteer Les Bunyan gives us an insight into what's made RSPB Snettisham so special this month. Take it away Les...

"Awesome", "Spectacular", "Wow", "Amazing". These are just some of the comments I hear on a regular basis when I'm volunteering at Snettisham on a high tide wader spectacle morning.

Knot by Les Bunyan

It's true to say the U.K. has few more stunning sights than 100,000 birds taking to the air and not only looks great, but sounds great too. The vast majority of these birds are knot. They come to Snettisham from their breeding grounds in the high Arctic. This time of year the numbers are peaking and we are looking forward to some exceptionally high tides at the end of October and beginning of November. These are usually early mornings, but I think I can safely say you won't be disappointed if you pay us a visit!

Knot by Les Bunyan

Of course there's more to the place than that. Already this month I've seen little stint, purple sandpiper and a bit of a rarity, a cattle egret. More regular birds such as marsh harrier, barn owl and, if you're lucky, a short-eared owl can be seen around the reserve along with large flocks of linnet and goldfinches, I guess what I'm saying is a visit to Snettisham at any time can be rewarding, you just never know what might turn up!


For more information on dates and times to see the wader spectacle at the end of October see here.

We hope you've enjoyed hearing from Les. Please do give us some feedback and let us know what you'd like to hear about over the coming months.