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Paull Holme Strays Nature Reserve

Paull Holme Strays lies alongside the mighty River Humber offering spectacular views across the south Holderness landscape including local historical features. Managed in partnership with the Environment Agency.

*NOTICE 23 February 2018* - The Environment Agency are carrying out some ecological mitigation work in advance of essential maintenance work.

The work has been agreed in consultation with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and will consist of strimming long grass in several areas, cutting back and netting bushes and trees and flailing grass on the outer embankment and around ponds in the managed re-alignment.

Work will commence on Monday 26 February through to Wednesday 7 March. An Ecologist will be present where required in order to monitor works being carried out.

To see Paull Holme Strays at its spectacular best a visit during the winter months is a must.

Thousands of wintering waders use the site to feed and roost and this large gathering entices predators including peregrine and merlin. Many an hour can be passed watching the shimmering flocks of knot and golden plover swirling around. Other waders at this time include black and bar-tailed godwits, redshank, dunlin, lapwing and curlew. The surrounding ditches, grassland and farmland provides winter hunting grounds for short-eared owl, hen and marsh harriers along with regular sightings of roe deer, brown hare and stoat.


Top Tip:


Check tide times. If you visit in the winter a couple of hours before a large incoming tide then the wader spectacle can be simply stunning.


The summer is a quieter time for the site but still produces some great wildlife encounters. Water voles are present in the freshwater habitats along with a variety of dragon and damselflies, including common darter, broad-bodied and four-spotted chasers, migrant hawker and small red-eyed damselfly. The song of skylark is ever present along with little egret feeding on the fringes and the striking yellow wagtail along the banks.

Paull Holme Strays was the first major managed realignment scheme on the River Humber and was breached by the Environment Agency in 2003. The site provides approximately 80 ha of inter-tidal habitat to compensate for the loss of saltmarsh and mudflats in the area, and is fronted by the extensive Paull Holme Sands.


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Public Transport

Bus service from Hull to Paull village.


Car park entrance is off Thorngumbald road, Paull. The car park is signposted from the village and Thorngumbald road.

Site designation

The nature reserve is adjacent to the Humber Estuary Special Protection Area (SPA), Ramsar Site and Special Area of Conservation (SAC).



Want to see more of Paull Holme Strays Nature Reserve before your visit? Have a look below.

Paull Holme Strays Nature Reserve photos in our Flickr group



Species and habitats

Marsh Harrier, Avocet, Common Sandpiper, Merlin, Yellow Wagtail

Nearby nature reserves

Dawson City Clay Pits
3 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Killingholme Haven Pits
4 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Eastfield Road Railway Embankment
5 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Thorngumbald Road
East Riding of Yorkshire
HU12 8AX
Map reference
TA 180 247
Great for...
a family day out
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Open at all times.
104.70 hectares

Contact the Trust for disabled access information.
The car park is signposted from the village and Thorngumbald road.
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01904 659570


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