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Welwick Saltmarsh Nature Reserve

Welwick Saltmarsh is the most extensive area of saltmarsh on the north bank of the River Humber.

It is advisable to view this nature reserve from the riverbank as accessing the saltmarsh itself can be dangerous and would cause disturbance to wildlife.

From the floodbank you can enjoy spectacular views across the mouth of the Humber. Thousands of birds use the Humber estuary including large flocks of golden plover which appear bronze against the mudflats in the evening sun. Hundreds of large, curve-billed curlew feed on the edge of the saltmarsh whilst grey plover, knot and dunlin whir past and drop down to feed on the mudflats. Many of these flocks pass right overhead as they transfer to their inland roosting sites as the incoming tide pushes them for the river edge.


Top Tip:


Enjoy a winter’s afternoon walk to experience the best views of raptors as they hunt along the Humber. Take in the big horizons from Spurn to the Humber Bridge as the sun goes down.


Welwick Saltmarsh is also a fantastic location to view wintering raptors and owls. Short-eared owl, merlin, peregrine, marsh harrier, hen harrier and kestrel are all regularly seen.

In spring scurvy grass creates hundreds of white tussocks across the marsh and mid-summer sees a real show of purple flowers from sea lavender and sea aster. The saltmarsh also supports sea purslane, sea arrowgrass and cord grass. On the land side of the saltmarsh a small area of relic dune containing two ponds supports common reed, bird’s-foot trefoil, spiny restharrow and the curios non-native spring beauty.

Management of the saltmarsh involves some cutting and the Trust is trialling grazing in some areas of the nature reserve.


Help protect the wildlife of the Humber Estuary by following the Humber Estuary Code of Conduct


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Public Transport

Nearest bus stop in Welwick village around 2 miles away.


From Welwick village head south down Humber Lane which becomes Row Lane. At the end of the lane take a sharp right and park along Sheep Trod Lane. Walk south down a dust track to the site.



Want to see more of Welwick Saltmarsh Nature Reserve before your visit? Have a look below.

Welwick Saltmarsh Nature Reserve photos in our Flickr group



Nearby nature reserves

Hodgson's Fields Nature Reserve
3 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Kilnsea Wetlands Nature Reserve
5 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Spurn National Nature Reserve
6 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Humber Lane
East Riding of Yorkshire
HU12 0SG
Map reference
TA 338 191
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44.12 hectares
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
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Walking information
Please remain on the floodbank, the deep creeks make walking across the saltmarsh hazardous. Dogs only allowed on leads on public footpaths.
Parking available at the top of Humberside Lane.
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01904 659570


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