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Nature Reserve, free entry

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North Cave Wetlands

North Cave Wetlands

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Hedgerows, grassland, scrapes, and a small arable field add to the site’s interest.
Grazing animals:Highland cows and Hebridean sheep
Walking trails: A circular footpath runs around the perimeter of the original section of the reserve, part of which is surfaced and accessible to wheelchair users, as are three of the four hides. Following Dryham Lane to the west from the car park, you will reach Crosslands Hide. This large, hexagonal hide is made from straw bales and has a living green roof. Some paths may close during bird breeding season.
Access: Permissive footpaths. Keep to the marked paths and do not enter the deep water.

In Spring the reserve is a hive of activity, with breeding avocet, common tern, little ringed plover, lapwing and redshank. You might also be lucky enough to see migrants such as Temminck’s stint and black-necked grebe. In Summer orchids flower in the grasslands on the reserve and butterflies including brimstone, holly blue and comma can be seen. In Autumn again is a good time to see migrants such as waxwing. While flocks of tree sparrow and siskin gather in the scrub and trees around the reserve. In Winter sees good populations of ducks using the lakes including pochard, shoveler, gadwall and teal.

North Cave wetland is a fantastic example of how an industrial landscape can be restored for the benefit of wildlife. This old sand and gravel quarry is now an amazing place for both beginner and expert birdwatchers, allowing wonderful close up views of waders and wildfowl. Memorable visits can be made in spring when dozens of lapwing, redshank and avocet chicks can be seen scuttling about the reserve.

On-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Grounds for outdoor activitiesChildren welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Facilities: Bird hides Toilets Cafe/refreshments: A burger van sells refreshments from Wednesday – Sunday between 7:15am and 1:15pm. Picnic area No dogs permitted Dogs permitted along Dryham Lane only, not on the reserve

Opening details

Opening times:
Open at all times
Car park open 0730 until dusk.

Best time to visit
March to September

Prices

Free entry

Reviews

Address

Dryham Lane,
North Cave,
Nr. Brough,
East Riding of Yorkshire,
HU15 2LY

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SE 886328  Lat: 53.78437 Long: -0.65618

From the west leave the M62 at Junction 38 onto the north-bound B1230. Follow this for just under two miles to North Cave village. Take a left turn at the crossroads and follow the road round in a sharp left hand bend at the next cross road. Soon after take a left turn onto Dryham lane, the reserve is located to your right.

Free parking on Dryham Lane, adjacent to the reserve on the south.

Parking: free

Facilities

  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Grounds for outdoor activitiesGrounds for outdoor activities
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Facilities: Bird hides Toilets Cafe/refreshments: A burger van sells refreshments from Wednesday – Sunday between 7:15am and 1:15pm. Picnic area No dogs permitted Dogs permitted along Dryham Lane only, not on the reserve