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Estuaries | The Wash

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The Wash is a vast estuary that stretches for over 100 square miles on the north west margin of East Anglia, running from Skegness to Hunstanton.

One of the largest estuaries in Britain, and offers a rich range of wildlife for nature lovers. This outstanding coastal wetland is made up of huge intertidal banks of sand and mud, salt marshes, deep channels and shallow waters.

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Estuaries - where our rivers meet the sea - are fantastic habitats for wildlife. Why not check out some of the best estuarine habitats in Britain.

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The Wash - Visitor Guide

Address:The Wash, Lincolnshire and Norfolk.
Gibraltar Point, Gibraltar Road, Skegness.

Postcode: PE24 4SU
Telephone: 01733 455000Eng - English Nature
01205 356656 - Boston Council Tourism
01754 762677 - Gibraltar Point
Fax: 01733 568834 - English Nature
Key attractions:Seal trips. Bird watching.
Essential kit:Binoculars for bird watching. Weather protective clothing.
The RSPB produces 'Birdwatcher' tide tables which include details of the best tides for watching roosting wading birds and the best phases of the moon for seeing winter wild geese flights. Priced 50p, it can be obtained from the RSPB.
Nature watching:Best season: the best time to watch the seals is June or July when they have just had their pups. The Wash Study Centre, run by Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, runs events in the Gibraltar Point area throughout the year.
Access:The Wash - there is easy walking at the site, so disabled access is possible, although wheelchair access is not.

Gibraltar Point - wheelchair access to surfaced tracks, viewing platform, access to bird watching hides & visitor centre. Disabled parking and toilet.

Getting there:The Wash National Nature Reserve is situated near Kings Lynn and Sutton Bridge. There is a bus from Kings Lynn to Sutton Bridge, followed by a two mile walk to the reserve. There are public footpaths along the seawall in the Lutton Outmarsh section of the Nature Reserve and between the River Nene and the River Ouse.

Boat trips to see the seals are available daily from Hunstanton during the summer.
Opening times:Open access. The best times to visit the site are between May and June, or during the autumn and winter.

Gibraltar Point visitor centre is open at weekends 11.00am - 3.00pm.

Snettisham is open at all times, but the car park may be locked overnight.

Charges:Free entry.
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