Birdwatching cruises on busy Wash calendar

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TWITCHERS and nature enthusiasts should flock to get tickets for this year’s RSPB Wash cruises on the Boston Belle.

The South Lincolnshire Group of the RSPB has unveiled the boat’s programme for birdwatching cruises for the coming months.

Starting from Sluice Bridge, Boston, the four-and-a-half hour cruise negotiates the lock and heads down to the Witham mouth and into The Wash.

The chance to venture into the rarely-glimpsed environment of the UK’s largest estuary and home to sea birds and other wildlife is one of the many draws of the RSPB cruises run in Boston.

Last year more than 100 bird species were seen on the cruises with each trip seeing an average of 60 species. Seals were also frequently spotted.

Birds seen include oystercatchers, cormorants, little egret, common buzzard, gannet and kingfisher.

RSPB members offer excellent commentary to help you identify the various birds, but also provide interesting information about other sites you see along the way.

The return journey follows the River Welland, bordered on both sides by saltmarsh, including RSPB Frampton Marsh reserve.

There are 17 cruises in total, leaving at various times depending on tides until the season concludes in October. The first is on April 13, departing at 9am. It is advisable to bring warm clothing, and a set of binoculars.

Tickets: £17.50 adults, £9 children (non-members).

Call 07531 495521.