Northumberland is most famous for its colonies of puffins, terns and kittiwakes, but six internationally important species of wader – light-bellied brent geese, barnacle geese, pink-footed geese, wigeon, grey plovers and bar-tailed godwits – arrive every autumn to spend the winter on Lindesfarne and nearby Budle Bay, just north of Bamburgh, which you can explore on the last day of our walking holiday in Northumberland
Alternatively, north Norfolk (which you can explore on foot
or by bike
) is another haven for migrating birds, with the skies criss-crossed in October by flocks of waders, geese, ducks and thrushes. The resident birds are every bit as worthy of note: avocet, bittern, marsh harrier, common crane and corn bunting, to name but five.