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The Outer Humber Project

Over the past year Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has been supporting the creation and restoration of the precious saltmarsh habitat found on the Outer Humber from Spurn Point to Hull thanks to funding from WREN.

For a reflective winter walk nothing beats a stroll along the Humber Estuary. As the second-largest estuary in the UK it provides plenty of wildlife watching opportunities along its length. Due to the tidal nature of the estuary, mudflats are exposed during low tide where you are likely to catch a glimpse of one of the estuary’s many species of wading birds. It is the saltmarshes and mudflats which attract wading birds here, they find shelter amongst the salt marsh flora and use their probing beaks to find food within the mud; many species will live on the estuary all year round whilst others visit at certain times of the year.

Over the past year Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has been supporting the creation and restoration of the precious saltmarsh habitat found on the Outer Humber from Spurn Point to Hull. Enhancing this habitat will support vulnerable wading birds and other species of wildlife that live here. Part of the work includes using grazing animals that eat the bigger tougher plants which often out-compete the finer, more interesting species of grass and wild flower the Trust hopes to encourage. Promoting these species will ultimately support insects, a vital food source for many bird species.

The Outer Humber Project has been funded by WREN, a not for profit business that awards grants to community, environmental and heritage projects across the UK from funds donated by Waste Recycling Groups (WRG) to the Landfill Communities Fund.