Bird watching on the bay

Bird watching on the bay

Bird watching on the bay:

Bird watching on the bay makes Morecambe Bay one of the finest sites for birdwatching in Britain.

Centred on the 310 square kilometres of intertidal sand flats.

It is an outstanding combination of habitats from off-shore islands to salt marsh and sand dunes.

Bird watching on the bay

The Arnside/Silverdale and Bowland areas are designated as ‘Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, all testifying to the richness and importance of the area for wildlife.

Furthermore, set against the magical backdrop of the Lakeland fells, it’s an ever-changing world of water and sand.

The sand is moulded by the constant ebb and flow of the tides making it home to one of the largest concentrations of birds in Europe.

Tens of thousands of waders, wildfowl and gulls winter or breed, or pass through on their migrations from the Arctic to Africa.

Bird watching on the bay

Consequently, making it of truly national and international importance.

One of the best places for bird watching is Morecambe Promenade.

There is always something to see throughout the year and at any state of the tide.

However, the best bird watching occurs between late August through to late May.

The best days are on days when the tide is higher than 8.5 meters.

Tides between 9 and 9.7 meters are the best as they allow more time to cover the area as the tide ebbs and flows.

Thank you to Gordon Akitt for the use of his photographs.

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