Bird watching on the bay
Bird watching on Morecambe Bay

Bird watching on the bay

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Bird watching on the bay makes Morecambe Bay one of the finest sites for birdwatching in Britain.

Centred on the 310 square kilometres of inter-tidal sand flats.

It is an outstanding combination of habitats from off shore islands to  salt marsh and sand dunes.

The Arnside/Silverdale and Bowland areas are designated as ‘Areas of outstanding Natural Beauty’, all testifying to the richness and importance of the area for wildlife.

Furthermore, set against the magical backdrop of the Lakeland fells, it’s an ever-changing world of water and sand.

The sand moulded by the constant ebb and flow of the tides making it home to one of the largest concentrations of birds in Europe.

Tens of thousands of waders, wildfowl and gulls winter or breed, or pass through on their migrations from the Artic to Africa.

Consequently, making it of truly national and international importance.

One of the best places for bird watching is Morecambe Promenade.

At low tide Oystercatchers generally disappear out into the bay but, as the tide rises they gather along the shoreline.

There is always something to see throughout the year and at any state of the tide.

However, the best bird watching occurs between late August through to late May.

The best days are on days when the tide is higher than 8.5 meters.

Tides between 9 and 9.7 meters are the best as they allow more time to cover the area as the tide ebbs and flows.

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