Roe Deer at Kilnsea Wetlands near Easington in East Yorkshire, England – October 2016

Roe Deer at Kilnsea Wetlands near Easington in East Yorkshire, England - October 2016


This new nature reserve has been created to compensate for habitat being lost nearby on the eroding Holderness coastline.

Update: Footpath works from the Kilnsea Wetlands car park to the hide are due to start week commencing the 11th July. These works are being conducted by Environment Agency to improve the surface of the path. The intention of the works is to test a small test area to see how the additional material binds, if satisfactory the works will continue along the rest of the path. The footpath will be closed for approximately 5 days from Monday 11th July.

Kilnsea Wetlands is intended to provide refuge for passage and wintering roosting waders that leave the adjacent Humber mudflats at high tide to roost. Golden and grey plovers, knot, dunlin, sanderling and bar-tailed godwit should all benefit from this safe refuge. A variety of habitats will provide the conditions needed to support these birds, but this will take a number of years to reach its full potential.

Freshwater and saline pools with islands and spits and wet grassland with seasonal scrapes will provide this site with roosting and feeding locations, but also hopefully he right conditions in the spring for breeding oystercatcher, ringed plover and lapwing.

Top Tip:

A visit in autumn or winter will give you a chance to see large numbers of roosting waders which this site has been specifically designed for. Check the tides to coincide your visit with high tide and you’re likely to see greater numbers.

Engineering is only the start of this process – the nature reserve is to be managed in a sustainable manner using local livestock. This location is one of the driest parts of the UK, and without the ability to bring water on to the site from surrounding areas, functionality of the habitat will rely very much on rainfall and groundwater levels.

Farmland birds including corn bunting and tree sparrow may well use the nature reserve as it develops. In time the grassland should become established and we hope this will provide some botanical value and interest, in turn supporting a host of insects including dragonflies.

Salt-tolerant plant species such as spiral tassel weed may well find a home here too.

A hide, viewing screen, and off road parking, long with a footpath route through the nature reserve leading to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Blue Bell Cafeé in Kilnsea mean this site is ideal for a visit

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Public Transport

The Spurn Ranger bus from Hull stops in Kilnsea.


Approach Kilnsea on Easington Road. The car park is on your left just after you go over the left hand bend which rises over Long Bank and before you reach Kilnsea village.

Other information

There is a dipping platform available for arranged visits. Please do not walk along Long Bank to the north of the nature reserve to avoid flushing the birds. Paths are unsurfaced. Toilets are located in Kilnsea.

Reserve information

Easington Road
East Yorkshire
HU12 0UD

Map reference
TA 405 167

Great for…

a family day out
overwintering birds

Opening Times

Open at all times.




35.00 hectares


Contact the Trust for disabled access information. Toilets are located in Kilnsea.

Walking information
Paths are unsurfaced.


Dogs must be on lead

Grazing animals
The nature reserve is to be managed sustainably using local livestock.

Reserve manager
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01904 659570

Posted by SaffyH on 2016-10-14 07:07:13

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