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This reserve is situated on the Welsh side of the Dee Estuary and consists of a large shingle spit and associated saltmarsh and mudflats, and sand-dunes facing north into Liverpool Bay.
This estuary forms one of Britain's most important sites for passage and wintering waders and waterfowl.
Waders can reach 20 000 in midwinter, the most numerous species being Oystercatcher, Red Knot, Dunlin and Common Redshank. Others include Sanderling, Black-tailed Godwit, Eurasian Curlew and Ruddy Turnstone but most of the north European waders can be seen in the area in either autumn or winter.
Waterfowl numbers are smaller and Mallard and Common Shelduck form the majority but others occur in small numbers including Eurasian Wigeon, Northern Pintail, scoter and sawbills. In addition, divers, grebes and auks are present in winter.
There are relatively few breeding birds but several species of tern gather here in late summer and include a few Arctic Tern, Roseate Tern and Black Tern among the commoner species. Little Tern is a former breeder.
Birds you can see here include:
Red-throated Diver, Great Crested Grebe, Northern Fulmar, Manx Shearwater, Leach's Storm-petrel, Great Cormorant, Northern Gannet, Grey Heron, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Common Shelduck, Eurasian Wigeon, Common Teal, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Greater Scaup, Common Scoter, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Hen Harrier, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Water Rail, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Eurasian Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Northern Lapwing, Red Knot, Sanderling, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Purple Sandpiper, Dunlin, Ruff, Common Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Eurasian Curlew, Spotted Redshank, Common Redshank, Common Greenshank, Ruddy Turnstone, Great Skua, Arctic Skua, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Black-legged Kittiwake, Sabine's Gull, Sandwich Tern, Roseate Tern, Common Tern, Arctic Tern, Little Tern, Black Tern, Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl, Little Owl, Eurasian Skylark, Horned Lark, Sand Martin, Barn Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Water Pipit, European Stonechat, Whinchat, Northern Wheatear, Ring Ouzel, Carrion Crow, Twite, Lapland Bunting, Snow Bunting
The nearby sand dune system contains breeding areas for natterjack toad and several key areas are managed for them. The sandhill rustic moth is also present.
At high tide the wintering waders become concentrated at the point producing an ornithological spectacle unrivalled elsewhere in Wales.
History and Use
Areas of Interest
Other localities: The nearby beach and shingle of Gronant contain Wales' only colony of nesting Little Terns which is managed by Denbighshire Council with input from The RSPB.
Flint and Oakenholt Marsh forms part of the RSPB's Dee Estuary reserve and is a good area to see many of the estuaries birds particularly on a high tide.
Access and Facilities
The reserve is reached via the minor road to Talacre off the A548 Prestatyn to Flint road. From Talacre walk east towards the point or west to the shore and dunes.
Grid reference: SJ124848
Tel: 0151 3367681
Content and images originally posted by Steve
- Amount of birds and how close you can get at high tide.
- It's not as good at low tide especially in summer