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What To Look Out For

Year-round wildlife alerts and top tips on common wildlife to look out for on the coast of North and East Yorkshire

Dwarf Haircap © Richard Baines

Small Worlds Bursting Forth

  • Thu 9th May, 2019

As I walk across the open windswept hills of the North York Moors National Park in search of wading birds my eye is taken by a riot of colour under my feet. Amongst the burnt dry heather, patches of new life thrive on waterlogged ground.

Yellowhammer (male) © Richard Baines

Hats Off To The Rule Breakers

  • Mon 22nd Apr, 2019

I have spent my whole life watching birds, excited to see which adapt quickest, inspired to see how species change and the kind of habitats they change to.

Female Common Crossbill in the Great Yorkshire Forest © Chrys Mellor

Crossbill City

  • Sun 31st Mar, 2019

April is a great time to look-out for common crossbills in the North York Moors National Park. Here’s a story hot off the pine press! Natural discoveries on our birding tours at the end of March this year.

Female European Golden Plover © Richard Baines

Panning For Plovers

  • Sat 23rd Feb, 2019

Wide open spaces and big landscapes free the mind and our spirits can fly, but without the birds, butterflies and beetles we have no jewels, the sparkle is gone. On our doorstep is a goldmine, the big heather dominated hills of the North York Moors National Park

Male Goldeneye © Steve Race

What To Look Out For - February 2019

  • Mon 28th Jan, 2019

I can’t write about wildlife in February and ignore Valentines Day. The tradition of celebrating love in the middle of what can be a chilly and rainy month with few signs of spring may seem odd, but for many birds this is the best time to get it on!