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Seal Sands


Sadly, Seal Sands is only a small remnant of what used to be a huge inter-tidal area and now holds fewer waders and Shelduck than it used to. Nevertheless, it is still the largest area of mudflats on the east coast of England between the Humber and Lindisfarne and forms part of the Teesmouth National Nature Reserve (TNNR), managed by English Nature. It attracts significant numbers of waders, particularly in spring and autumn, most notably Dunlin, Curlew, Knot and Redshank. The mudflats are completely covered at high water and are best observed from the TNNR hide at the south-west corner or from Seaton Snook (at low tide). Skuas, terns and numerous gulls can often be seen feeding on Seal Sands near high tide.

Access to the hide at Seal Sands is via the footpath along the south sea wall of Greatham Creek. From the footpath, there are good views over the Brinefield pools to the right and the mouth of Greatham Creek


Tees Estuary Looking North

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