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“A peaceful birding hotspot”
Review of RSPB Hayle Estuary

RSPB Hayle Estuary
Ranked #12 of 19 things to do in Hayle
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Our first visit here, a good viewing hide and other visitors, or locals, very friendly. It was lovely in the early evening. A kingfisher gave us a lovely demonstration, and there was quite a bit of other birdlife both from the hide, and in the estuary over the road (a short walk from the hide). Well worth visiting at different times if staying in the area.

Thank Sue T T
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Reviewed 8 October 2016

If You are stopping in Hayle then you cant fail to see the Estuary and be drawn to it. We walked around it a couple of times in the early evening, the scenery is wonderful and the variety of birds is good, on the whole a nice calming walk just before the sun sets.

Thank twocerts
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Reviewed 5 October 2016

Whenever we are on holiday in St Ives, we always make a point of popping up to this RSPB reserve. No shop, no volunteers, just peace and quiet and a few like minded individuals to help you identify anything you're not sure of. The best time to view is at high tide but as that occurs at roughly 8am and 8pm during this first week in October visiting is just when we can fit it in. The usual "suspects" are in attendence...little egret etc etc but this week we were treated to a beautiful kingfisher in flight for some time. The flashes of orange and brilliant blue were fantastic. If you get bored sitting in the hide, take a stroll down to the main road and over to the bridge where you can get a better view down the estuary. Today we saw a solitary spoonbill and a knot and a Mediterranean gull together with some bar tailed godwits and a curlew.....all very interesting to observe even for a rank amateur like me. And as we walked out of Hayle onto the causeway a kestrel suddenly appeared almost at eye level from nowhere and headed towards the pond to frighten the residents.
There's plenty of parking, bring a flask or a book and just wait and see what turns up. It's all free...and you might see that kingfisher! Stupendous!

Thank peter W
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Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

Located at the tidal estuary in Hayle. We drove in and parked under a road overpass that was badly covered in graffiti. How good would it look if local artists painted wildlife scenes on them instead? Has a clean bird hide, (must be locked at night), apparently the best times to see birds is when the tide is in. We walked left and then by the very clean river to the bridge, crossed the road (take care!) and fed the seagulls! This place is used as dog walk and someone has sprayed any poo not picked up orange! Look out for the plaque commemorating the Irish Christians that landed here 1500 (I think), years ago.

Thank Dave b
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Reviewed 3 July 2016

Wonderful place to go whether it be for bird watching or walking..Always something going on ,no matter the state of the tide

Thank Boscale1
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