Blue House Farm Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Parking informationSpaces for 8 cars
Grazing animalsSheep grazing from March-October
Cows grazing from May-October
There is a permissive path that passes around the farm, giving access to the three bird hides - this links up with the seawall footpath which can then be taken back to the farm entrance and car park creating a 4 km circular route around the farm
Paths are uneven mown grass paths with a few steep inclines except for stepped access onto the seawall
When to visit
Opening timesAccessible at all times
Best time to visitAll year round
About the reserve
Blue House Farm is a fantastic place to watch the change of the seasons and see which wildlife it brings with it.
In the winter, listen to the large shuffling flocks of up to 2,000 dark-bellied brent geese that have travelled all the way from Siberia to graze on these marshes. They are joined by huge numbers of other wildfowl and wading birds, including golden plover, dunlin, wigeon and teal.
Come spring and listen out for the ‘plop’ of a water vole as they tumble in and out of the ditches and also the scratchy sound of reed warblers, whilst lapwing perform their tumbling flight displays overhead. You’ll also be greeted with the sight of spring passage migrants such as ruff and green sandpiper and look out for breeding birds such as skylarks, reed buntings and yellow wagtails.
A summer wander will treat you with up close views of dragonflies including the emperor dragonfly patrolling the ditches and butterflies flitting through the grass and along the hedgerows.
Then as autumn arrives, many birds on migration will again pass through this reserve, including birds such as Northern Wheatear. In the late afternoon keep an eye out for short-eared owls gracefully hunting along the ditches.