This 35 hectare (86 acre) of lagoon and coastal grassland is a patchwork of connected lands owned by Associated British Ports, Environment Agency and this Society managed by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust as part of the Easington Biodiversity Steering Group (EBSG), comprising specialists representing Natural England, Environment Agency, Spurn Bird Observatory, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, SHCS and the Easington Parish Council.

This Society is a stakeholder in this reserve.

It represents a significant investment  by the Society in local habitat conservation management and co-operation in the furtherance of our aim to, “Create a better Place for Wildlife”.

The Society lets 9 hectare (22 acre) of land known as Beacon Field by leasehold enabling Kilnsea Wetlands to bridge into Beacon Lagoons Nature Reserve and form one large complex of coastal habitats with managed pedestrian access.

We are proud to have made this investment in the provision of this land and to cooperate with our EBSG partners.

Where?

This reserve straddles the minor road between Easington and Kilnsea, the predominant part being to the East of the road just over the flood defence bank.  There is small car park with interpretation panel at GR TA405 167.

A gate leads to a path which follows the flood defence bund to a bird hide and also to a T junction alongside SHCS’s Beacon Field.

Taking the right arm at the T leads to the Blue Bell at Kilnsea. Taking the left arm at the T leads along Long Bank to Easington Lagoon with views over Beacon Ponds.

Please do not use the Long Bank for pedestrian access.

What can be seen there?

This reserve is to provide refuge for passage and wintering roosting waders such as golden and grey plovers, knot, dunlin and sanderling.

The lagoons very quickly became home for avocets and little egrets.  Extensive open areas of fresh water and saline lagoon with muddy margins are for wading birds.

There is also coastal grassland taken out of arable production and maintained by grazing with several small ponds and scrapes offering habitat diversity with anticipated importance for dragonflies.

The grassy banks of the bunds are occupied by Roessel’s bush-cricket.

* NB There is no free access to areas within this reserve. Access is permitted to the pond dipping area on application to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust at the Blue Bell. This reserve is not included in the Society’s liability insurance cover.

New bird watching hide at Kilnsea Wetlands

Written by Peter Cook

We start 2019 with the good news of the installation of a new bird hide at Kilnsea Wetlands. The Society’s interest in this arises partly in the opportunity to replace the hide on Beacon Lagoons Nature Reserve that we lost to tidal surge a few years ago, and to overtly support what has become a very popular wetland nature reserve much enjoyed by some of our members.

The Society has maintained a partnership role in the Easington Biodiversity Study Group (EBSG) responsible for the development and management of Kilnsea Wetlands and we felt it was appropriate to donate the £7000 insurance claim that we received for the loss of our old hide. The remainder sum of £5000 has been donated by partners making up the organisation of the annual Migfest Festival including the Spurn Bird Observatory Trust, British Trust for Ornithology and Mr Andrew Wells at Westmere Farm.

The EBSG, under the leadership of the Environment Agency, installed a small bird hide on completion of the development work in 2013. This hide seated only 8 people (fewer depending on the number of tripods) and was not easy to use by people with impaired mobility, especially when full of people. In 2017 it was decided to commission the construction of a new hide at least twice as big as this, and to move the small hide to a location overlooking scrapes on Long Bank Marsh to the East. The Society’s offer of financial assistance was the catalyst to move the idea forwards. The project commissioning and on-site overseeing was brought to fruition in the week beginning 21 January by Mr Andy Gibson of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, whom we thank for his hard work.

The hide was manufactured by a not-for-profit company called Green Future Buildings using a recycled wood fibreboard product manufactured near Paull. See greenfuturebuilding.org.uk for more details.

In catalyzing this project we have

* made up for our loss of the hide at Beacon Lagoons Nature Reserve;

* part funded what could be used as an ‘outdoor classroom’ for bird id;

* replaced a valuable asset with one that will not involve us in any maintenance expenses;

* cooperated and worked together with locally active groups;

* indirectly supported the local economy and employment;

* indirectly supported not-for-profit social enterprise in part-funding a GFB product and

* part funded an asset that is a shop window on the work of local groups including SHCS.

and we should be proud of it, use it and promote it!

Front elevation. Work in progress on 24 January 2019. Note leg box for scooters and wheelchairs. This is a rare shot because access to the front will not be permitted after completion.