Sand martin wall

In 2014 we completed work on an artificial sand martin nesting wall at Gouthwaite reservoir. The wall was built to replace a natural sand martin bank that was lost through flooding. Nidderdale Birdwatchers have been monitoring the nesting wall and we’re all delighted that sand martins have nested there every spring since construction.

Watch our short video to see and hear the sand martins in action. Between March and August, you can keep up to date with the sand martins through our Live Stream.

If you want to go and view the wall then the best place to is to walk from Ramsgill to Bouthwaite and then turn right onto the track that leads back towards Wath on the far side of the reservoir. There is a viewing area with a seat on the right hand side of the track that offers a good view across Gouthwaite Reservoir to the sand martin wall. Take your binoculars – the sand martins are usually in-situ from late March to June.