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Nature Reserve:Paull Holme Straysadd to shortlist

Nature Reserve, free entry

Nature Reserve.

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Initially created as part of a flood risk management scheme, the 45 hectares of mudflats and 35 hectares of saltmarsh found at Paull Holme Strays support a diverse array of birds all year round. This inter-tidal reserve comes into its own during autumn and spring, when passing migrant waders, such as black tailed godwit, bar tailed godwit and avocet come to feed on the rich mud flats. Flocks of thousands of golden plovers are regularly sighted during October and November, an amazing sight. During the winter the mud flats are important for waterfowl such as barnacle and Brent geese. Breeding waders, such as dunlin, can be spotted on the reserve in the summer months and with the warm weather, butterflies and dragonflies can be spotted flitting across the reserve.
Seasonal highlights
Spring: Birds - Cuckoo; Yellow wagtail; Sedge warbler; Reed warbler
Summer: Invertebrates - Dragonflies; Birds - Marsh harrier; Spotted redshank; Little stint; Curlew
Autumn: Birds - Avocet; Green sandpiper; Common sandpiper; Whimbrel
Winter: Birds - Merlin; Dunlin; Redshank; Bar-tailed godwit; Golden plover.

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Permissive footpaths. No/limited accessibility for wheelchair users. Dogs on a lead.

Opening Details

Open all the time

Best time to visit
December to March


Free entry


Off Thorngumbald Rd,
HU12 8AX



See location of Paull Holme Strays on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TA 180251  Lat: 53.70954 Long: -0.21288

By Car:
From Bridlington / Driffield: A165.
From Beverley: A1079.
From the A1033 follow the signs for Fort Paull and then head south on Thorngumbald Road. The entrance to the car park is on the right just less than a mile after the entrance to Fort Paull.
Bus service from Hull to Paull Village.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 8.5 miles from Hull station


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Permissive footpaths. No/limited accessibility for wheelchair users. Dogs on a lead.