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Visit Boston - gateway to The Wash

Boston is the gateway to one of the world's most important wetlands, with its resident and visiting wildlife.

The Wash estuary is home to two internationally-important reserves - RSPB Freiston Shore and RSPB Frampton Marsh. And The Wash itself is an SSSI - Site of Special Scientific Interest.

This vast untamed wilderness is home to a variety of birds, but even non-twitchers can revel in the fresh air and freedom that Lincolnshire's big skies and wide-open marshes bring.

South Lincolnshire RSPB Group boat trips from Boston along the tidal Haven and into The Wash begin again on May 18 until October 27.

The bird watching cruises, which are once again aboard the Boston Belle, depart from Boston's Grand Sluice lock, sail along The Haven into the Wash, up the Welland and return about four to five hours later.

During 2016 more than 100 bird species were seen, averaging about 64 per cruise. Highlights included gannet, kingfisher, lots of different waders, peregrine, harriers and buzzards. In addition basking seals are often seen.

Each cruise is led by local RSPB guides. There are refreshments and a toilet aboard the Boston Belle..

There will be 12 cruises in 2017 and full details including dates and ticket prices can be found at www.rspb.org.uk/groups/southlincolnshire

 

 

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All aboard the Boston Belle

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The sky over The Wash marshes filled with oyster catchers

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Basking seals can also be spotted taking the sun on the mudflats