There’s a whole world teeming with life, hiding right under your nose. From beautiful butterflies to slithery snakes, you can make the most of this summer and uncover East Yorkshire’s hidden animal kingdom. We’ve rounded up some of the region’s best spots to observe nature’s best creations. It’s definitely a list of good things to do with the kids too!
The estuary is home to some fantastic wildlife and supports a range of environments including sandflats, mudflats, and saltmarshes. There are harbour porpoises in the water, and you can also spot the occasional grey seal looking for food. The Humber is one of the ten most critical estuaries in Europe for birds. It is crucial for many rare and vulnerable species including marsh harrier, avocet, little tern and more.
The river contains a surprisingly diverse number of animals, including water voles, otters and the occasional grey seal and harbour porpoise. It is also home to a plethora of fish. Brown trout and grayling live in the upper river. In the lower river, you can find pike, bream, roach, dace, chub lampreys and eels.
Humber Bridge Country Park
A gorgeous 48-acre park with an incredible array of wildlife, Humber Bridge Country Park is home to twenty-two species of butterfly and several amphibians including great crested newts. The rarest species of butterfly in the park is the white-letter hairstreak which lays its legs in the elm trees during July. The park is well worth a visit in August when hundreds of butterflies fly through the meadows.
Loglands Nature Reserve
Loglands nature reserve is located in Longhill in East Hull. The reserve has a range of habitats such as grasslands, wood and ponds. It is home to a myriad of butterflies including the gatekeeper, meadow brown, large skipper and speckled wood. You can also find newts and sticklebacks in the ponds.
Noddle Hill Nature Reserve
A tranquil nature reserve on the outskirts of Bransholme, Noddle Hill Nature Reserve boasts a wide variety of species including barn and tawny owls, great crested newts, otters, grass snakes, stoats, deer and many more. The reserve is arguably one of the best places to find wildlife in Hull and is well worth a visit.
Pearson Park Wildlife Garden
This small garden next to Pearson Park contains up to 240 species at any given time. Its pond is home to smooth newts, and the garden is frequented by pipistrelle bats, hedgehogs, foxes and a plethora of birds including goldfinches, blue tits and chaffinches.
Pearson Park is one of the best places to see bats in the city. Bats, usually pipistrelle bats, skim the pond for insects at dawn and dusk. The artificial lights in the park mean that you can get excellent views of the bats as they hunt for food.
Keldmarsh Nature Reserve
If you have ever wanted to travel back in time then look no further than Keldmarsh Nature Reserve in Beverley. The reserve is reminiscent of the ancient habitats of Yorkshire. This wet woodland is full of chalk springs that bubble and flow throughout the secluded reserve, and are home to frogs and the occasional water vole. You can also find rare species of slime mould, in addition to an array of wetland plants.
Paull Holme Strays Nature Reserve
A short drive from Hull, on the north bank of the Humber Estuary, is the Paull Holme Strays nature reserve. A myriad of bird species visit the reserve including wintering waders, peregrine, merlin, knot and more. In the surrounding grassland, you can spot short-eared owls, roe deer, brown hares and stoats. If you love bird watching, you need to visit Paull Holme Strays.
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