After a quick visit to the delightful North Newbald Becksies it was only a couple of miles drive to one of Yorkshire's Wildlife Trust's premier nature reserves. North Cave Wetlands is already a superb place, but has become even better in the last year with the completion of the spectacular Dryham's Ings overlooked by the superb Crossland's Hide. This made a perfect venue for our picnic. The site was alive with birds. Gangs of Swifts scythed overhead, cutting through buzzing parties of Sand Martins. Whitethroats, Sedge Warblers and Reed Buntings filled the air with song, softening the harsh cries of countless Black-headed Gulls, interspersed with the odd shriek of a Common Tern. On Dryham's Ings, Shoveler and Gadwall loafed among the vegetation, while on the section in front of the new hide, the piping of many Avocets plus the calls of Little Ringed and Ringed Plovers was a joy to behold. Shelducks chaperoned their new humbug-striped ducklings along the channels, while Oystercatchers stood guard over their partners, huddled down on shingle nests.What a tremendous sight, and testament to the vision of Stephen Martin, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the team of hard-working volunteers.