Snettisham RSPB Nature Reserve

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Snettisham is famous for its Whirling Wader Spectaculars. These spectacles do not happen every day. They are special because they are infrequent occurrences, so do make sure that you plan your trip to avoid disappointment. They require a Spring tide to occur in the daylight during late autumn or early spring (when large numbers of birds are migrating). The dates and times in 2023 when it's best to see this spectacle are given on the RSPB website and are the time you will need to leave the car park to observe the best parts of the spectacle, although please note that as this is a natural phenomenon factors such as the weather can impact the behaviour of the birds.

The car park postcode is PE31 7RA and is signposted from the A149 via a brown sign. The small car park can only hold around 80 cars and has a height barrier of 2.1m. Parking is pay and display via a machine in the main car park: Free for RSPB members, £3 for non-members.

It is a 2.2km walk from the car park to the Wader Watch point, so allow plenty of time. The trail has steps to access the sea wall. This is a wild, remote site and there are no toilet or refreshment facilities available. See the RSPB website for more information on accessibility. Please do not cross fence lines or climb shingle screening as this will cause disturbance to the internationally important wader roost (and spoil everyone else's experience).

Species recorded

What you might see

  • Grey Partridge

  • Common Pheasant

  • Greylag Goose

  • Pink-footed Goose

  • Common Shelduck