The estuary


The Hayle Estuary is a good place to watch birds in autumn and winter. Because it never freezes, it is important for migrating and wintering wildfowl, such as wigeons, teals and shelducks, and waders, such as dunlins, curlews and grey plovers. Stretching from Copperhouse to Lelant Saltings, It provides a haven and an invaluable feeding ground for many types of migratory birds each year including some very rare ones.

Hides and viewpoints: There are good views from the Eric Grace Memorial hide at Ryan's Field and the public car parks around the estuary. Parking at The Old Quay House Inn at the western end is permitted outside opening hours and provides excellent views across the mudflats.

The estuary is also home to various other interesting wildlife

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