Hayle Estuary, Hayle

Hayle Estuary, Hayle

The most south westerly estuary in the UK, this wonderful spot, vast and idyllic, is a must-visit for any keen birder or those simply wanting to gaze over extraordinary wetlands.

At its busiest during the winter months, this is the best time to visit with the wetlands bustling with vast flocks of birdlife, from teals and wigeons to curlews, little egrets and oystercatchers. Spring and autumn are a great time to spot migrant birds such as waders, gulls and turns whilst summer remains the quietest time, but still a beautiful spot. The site is also well known amongst birders as being an excellent place for spotting rare birds, blown off course from faraway places such as the Americas.

Boasting a mix of tidal pools, marsh land and estuary around the town of Hayle, near St Ives, up to 18,000 waterfowl flock here, and are a wonderful sight (and sound!) to behold. The pressure of urban development is ever-present, but the RSPB are doing an amazing job and keeping things at bay, meaning the site can still be a safe refuge for birds and the biodiversity in general, whilst it’s also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). 

Make for viewing point (the Eric Grace Memorial Hide), where you’ll also find parking, whilst there are lots of pathways along the estuary which make for excellent walking. If you’re after refreshments, nearby Hayle has lots of choices, whilst the magnificent beach at Gwithian is just a short drive away.

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RSPB Hayle Estuary, Carnsew Pool, Hayle TR27 6JF |



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