We had an amazing afternoon at Wassand Hall at Hornsea, courtesy of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. We made our way through the charming walled garden to the conservatory where we met the owners of the historic Hall and had refreshments.
A 20 - 30 minute country walk through woodland, which was formerly under water before Hornsea Mere receded, brought us to the newly built, spacious bird hide. We experienced a rich variety of wildlife on our way to the hide, which is situated on a tranquil part of the largest freshwater lake in Yorkshire inaccessible by boat.
We were lucky enough to spot such birdlife as scaups, goldeneyes, buzzards, marsh harriers transferring food from male to female on the wing and we heard woodpeckers and blackcaps. Not being a serious twitcher, I would not have known about these birds had it not been for the experts we had with us.
Then, back to the conservatory for afternoon tea. Brilliant! Definitely one for the memory bank.