See signs of the changing season at nature reserve

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THE sound of geese flying overhead signals the arrival of autumn at RSPB Blacktoft Sands, near Goole.

Join a team of RSPB guides over the weekend of 15 and 16 October as we look for more signs of the change in season at Blacktoft Sands Autumn Open Weekend.

Mike Andrews, visitor officer says: “During October we say goodbye to the last of our summer visitors that are heading on to Africa and Asia and say hello to new avian visitors such as pink-footed geese and many different types of ducks that arrive from Northern Europe to spend the winter feeding on the mudflats of the Humber Estuary.

“At this time of year you can’t help but notice autumn colours in every direction you look. From the rich brown rustic colours of shy snipe hiding at the edge of our pools to the rich red of the berries in the bushes ready for the influx of thrushes from northern Europe.”

Over the course of the weekend there will be a range of guided wildlife walks showing people such season highlights as wigeons, black-tailed godwits and water rails, as well as loads of autumn-themed activities for children.

Entry for the Autumn Open Weekend is free and will take place between 10am and 4pm daily.

RSPB Blacktoft Sands is situated between Ousefleet and Adlingfleet near Goole. Follow the brown tourist signs from Goole or Keadby Bridge.

For further information please contact the reserve office on 01405 704665 or email: blacktoft.sands@rspb.org.uk