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Wildlife at Hornsea Museum

Wildlife at Hornsea Museum

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Hornsea Mere is the largest freshwater lake in Yorkshire and the final remnant of a huge wetland that once featured many smaller meres and marshy areas.

A Site of Special Scientific Interest and internationally important for birds with large numbers of over-wintering wildfowl and roosting gulls. Due to its closeness to the North Sea, the lake attracts a variety of wintering birds including gadwalls, goldeneyes and tufted ducks. The mere's reedbeds provide breeding sites for hundreds of pairs of reed warblers. It is also an important site for little gulls which congregate in large numbers in autumn. The reedswamps are of special interest with a number of scarce craneflies, dance-flies, snail-killing flies and moths.

Hire a rowing boat, fishing boat or take a motorboat trip around the lake or for those who prefer to stay on dry land there is an 18 hole putting green or treat yourself in the café and gift shop.

Picnic sitePublic toilets

Children welcome

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The Mere, Off Queens Gardens,
HU18 1AX



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Map reference: TA 198472  Lat: 53.90792 Long: -0.17751


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