Wildlife

The river Hull corridor is teeming with wildlife, passing through nature reserves on both sides of the river to the north of Beverley. Storkhill wood, Pulfin bog, the Leven canal and Tophill low reservoir are all important wildlife conservation areas alongside the river, as well as the river itself and Barmston drain which runs alongside the river between Beverley and Hempholme.

On the river you will find all the normal water birds that you would expect to see, including swans, duck, geese, and moorhens as well as herons, Kingfishers, and some occasional visitors to the river such as Cormorants. Ospreys have been sighted in the vicinity of the river, and of course the normal land based birds may be seen too, including Barn owls, Red Kites, willow warblers and others.

Otters live in the river, and there is a visible population of water voles despite the presence of a few mink. Occasionally common seals make their way up the river from the Humber Estuary, much to the annoyance of our local anglers! The banks of the river Hull are used for the grazing of farm animals and sheep, cows, and horses can often be seen.

To the south of our base at Hull Bridge on the west bank is Swinemoor, a large common used for the grazing of horses in the summer months, with as many as 200 horses there are usually some on the riverbank!

The river is populated with perch, pike, roach, tench, barbel and more – now and then trout are caught. Although the river is tidal, salt water does not make it as far up the river as Beverley.