TOP HILL LOW NATURE RESERVE
EAST YORKSHIRE (Hutton Cranswick, between Beverley and Driffield), (E)
National Grid TA 072483 50o73´E/45o25´N 110ha m, open water, marsh, meadow, scrub and woodland
Birding Site Guide
Take the A164 north out of Beverley and halfway to Driffield look for signs on the right to the Yorkshire Water reserve. Entry to the nature reserve is by day ticket. Tickets are available from the machine at the entrance to the car park (£2.80 for adults and £1.20 for children under 16 and concessions). Parking is only allowed in the car park. Dogs are not allowed and must not be left in vehicles.
Follow the paths around the 2 large reservoirs, birding the scrub, woodland marshes and ponds. There are 12 hides at the reserve. The two reservoirs have been declared as Sites of Special Scientific Interest and are nationally important for birds. There is an information centre on site. Alternatively, if you have an MP3 player then why not download the Tophill Low podcast to accompany you on your walk? There are various lengths of walk including a 3 mile circular walk.
Please stick to designated paths and viewing points. There are a wide range of wetland and water birds, and many common woodland species. The area attracts rarities regularly, see the blog below for news of latest sightings.
Nearby is Leven tip, from Beverley go NE on the A165 Brandesburton road and view from lay-bys for gulls. Eastern Jackdaw has been seen here also. A little further E on B1244 is Hornsea Mere, see separate account here on BSG. For more information and species seen look at