getting here

Marsh Lane, Donna Nook, Louth

LN11 7PD

OS Map Reference TF 422 998

dog access & seasonal information

Due to the breeding grey seal colony access restrictions apply from late October until the end of December. Please adhere to signage and guidance from patrolling wardens.

Dogs are not permitted in the seal viewing area from late October until the end of December.

opening times

The reserve and Stonebridge car park are open all year.

Seal Pupping Season from October to December:

Access is restricted to north of the car park and a 600m seal viewing area.

During busy weekends Stonebridge car park is prioritised for blue badge holders.

Easy access Stonebridge car park has limited spaces.

entry & prices

A main car park (privately owned) operates October to December.

Charges apply at the privately-owned car park.

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what species and habitats can you find?

The dune scrub includes sea buckthorn, elder and hawthorn providing excellent foraging, shelter and nesting areas for resident and migrant birds.

North from Stonebridge car park is Pyes Hall, a managed realignment area attracting waders and wildfowl throughout the year.

Sea watching with a scope is worthwhile for passing terns, skuas, auks, divers and sea duck. 

From October to January, when the reserve is home to a breeding colony of grey seals, a wide variety of passerines (perching or songbirds), waders and wildfowl can be seen feeding out on the saltmarsh between the seals.

Winter species

Brent Goose, Shelduck, Knot, Lapwing, Twite, SnowBunting, Lapland Bunting, Stonechat, Short-eared Owl, Hen Harrier, Peregrine, Redwing, Fieldfare, Rock Pipit.

Spring species

Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Ring Ouzel, Wheatear, Whinchat, Hirundines (Swallows and Martins), Goldfinch, Linnet, Marsh Harrier, Merlin.

Summer species

Avocet, Little Egret, Cuckoo, Grasshopper Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Yellowhammer, Hobby.

Autumn species

Pink-footed Goose, Whooper Swan, Redshank, Curlew, Oyster Catcher, Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Golden Plover, Starling, Goldcrest, rare migrants.

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useful hints and tips

Pyes Hall is a great place to see waders and wildfowl at closer quarters. Bird numbers increase on higher tides.

Winter high tides deposit seeds from the saltmarsh closer to the sand dunes, providing good opportunities to view feeding passerines.

Setting up a scope along the viewing area gives you great views beyond the saltmarsh out towards the Humber with Spurn Point in the distance.

Listen out for the distinctive call of a kingfisher fishing on saltmarsh creeks.

A wildlife sightings board is updated daily during seal season.

facilities

The nearest public toilets are in North Somercotes opposite the Bay Horse Inn.