While many mammals are asleep (and maybe we wish we were too) in winter, birds are on the move. Many species migrate to or through Yorkshire from colder climates, often travelling in huge numbers. Late February/ early March marks the close of a long winter, but Yorkshire’s wetlands are still full of birds, many stopping off on their journey home from wintering further south. In fact, this is the ideal time to visit a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust wetland reserve, as not only do you still have large flocks of migrating birds, you may also see the first signs of spring arrivals too, like the orange-billed oystercatcher and the pure black coot with his distinctive white beak.
Here are three of the very best Yorkshire Wildlife Trust wetland reserves to visit this month…
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