50`11` North ~ 5` 26`West
NGR SW 550 : 370
is a famous birdwatching site - with large numbers of
waders and seabirds being recorded annually.
The `Estuary` encompasses several different locations
and habitats .
|This aerial view of the seaward approach to Hayle harbour
from St.Ives Bay shows the main Estuary area and RSPB
reserve in the top right of the image ; with Hayle harbour
to the middle right. Copperhouse creek extends to the
left from the harbour.
|Hayle is most definitely an all-year round bird-watching venue
. Spring and particularly autumn can be very interesting with
passage migrants and regular rarities ; whilst winter sees many
overwintering waders .
Hayle is easily accessed off the main A30 ; and is also on the
main railway line. The various sites are spread over quite a
large area ranging two or three miles from end to end .
St.Ives is only 3 miles off the A 30 from Hayle Estuary - and
is famous for its seawatching - northerly or northwesterly conditions
To the northeast of Hayle, Gwithian and Godrevy Head are also
popular sites - accessed off the A30 at the eastern end of Hayle.
Hayle Harbour regularly prodeces rarities - Pied-billed Grebe
has ocurred here
Copperhouse Creek - at the eastern end of the town - is famous
for the long - staying adult Ring-billed Gull
Travel Directions to Hayle Estuary
The Estuary is accessed off the main A30 which now bypasses
From the east, it is worth driving through Hayle town to
view Copperhouse Creek and the Harbour.
At the western end of the bypass, easy access to the road
into Hayle to view the estuary and Ryan`s Field.
Good views of the estuary also from the Pub car park at
the western end ~ and Lelant Railway Station.
Main line rail services sometimes call at Hayle.