Kilnsea Wetlands is a relatively new nature reserve, crafted from land formerly used for farming and opened in 2012. The reserve was created to compensate for habitat being lost at the adjacent Beacon Lagoons Nature Reserve as a result of the coastal processes affecting the Holderness.
The Wetlands is made up of freshwater and saline pools; islands, spits and wet grassland with seasonal scrapes ensure the reserve has plenty of roosting and feeding locations for many species of wading birds. Across the spring, summer and into early autumn Redshank, Greenshank, Dunlin, Knot and Ruff all make good use of the reserve for food and shelter and Avocets have successfully bred on the reserve along with oystercatchers. The Wetlands also plays host to moths and butterflies, and dragonflies may also be seen around the pools hunting aquatic insects.
The Environment Agency and Natural England helped by a steering group of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Spurn Bird Observatory Trust, Kilnsea Parish Council and the South Holderness Countryside society formulated the concept and design for Kilnsea Wetlands. The reserve is managed in partnership between the Environment Agency and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
So, why not explore Kilnsea Wetlands during the Migration Festival? Who knows what might be found there this year following last years Kentish Plover!
25 July 2017