Sunderland Salt Marsh
The tidal approach road crosses the salt marsh. At several points along the road it crosses tidal creeks which are always worth checking for waders. Using the car as a hide can give very close views. Merlins and Peregrines hunt the marshes sending great waves of birds into the air. Smaller birds regularly include Rock Pipit and Twite in winter and Wheatear on migration.
The River Lune
The River Lune at this point is a tidal estuary. It is of greatest interest at low tide when it frequently teems with waders. At high tide these are pushed further up river or on to the salt marsh. Ducks on the river get pushed into the tidal creeks.