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Birdsong For Beginners May 2019

  • Hayburn Wyke, North Yorkshire


The North Yorkshire Coast and Forests are blessed with ideal conditions for experiencing and learning birdsong. To really hear every note and bathe in this blissful sound you need two things; high-quality semi-natural habitats and peaceful tranquillity. In partnership with the National Trust, Yorkshire Coast Nature have designed two uniquely linked events. Two beginner’s guided walks followed by a more in-depth workshop aimed at learning new skills for beginners and the more experienced.

Birdsong for Beginners

These two guided walks are an ideal way to re-conect with nature, we will follow a spectacular route which takes in both ancient woodland and the rugged North Yorkshire Coast. Hayburn Wyke is only a short drive from the bustling seaside town of Scarborough but the place is distant and secluded enough to hold the silence critical for experiencing nature’s symphony.

We have timetabled both walks at a time of year which increases opportunities for hearing both resident birds such as Song Thrush alongside migrants from Africa and Europe such as Blackcap and Whitethroat. The evening slot also gives us a chance of hearing Owls at or around dusk at the end of the walk.

Each walk is free, funded via Natural England's Higher Level Stewardship environmental scheme, but must be booked in advance. Distance less than 1.5miles on easy to walk ground. Numbers are limited so we can keep the group relatively small to ensure a high-quality experience for everyone. Both walks are led by YCN Director and Ecologist Richard Baines and National Trust rangers.

Dates and Times:

3rd May 6pm-8pm.

24th May 6pm-8pm

22nd June 6pm - 8pm

Number: 12

Cost: Free

Please Meet at: The paddock next to Hayburn Wyke Inn car park, 2 miles north of Cloughton off the A171, YO13 0AU

Please bring: Warm outdoor clothing, walking boots or stout footwear, binoculars and a torch


Birdsong for beginners (via NT Ravenscar office) Please phone: 01723 870 423


Birdsong For Beginners May 2019

Richard Baines Richard is an experienced ornithologist/ecologist who has been studying and working as a Wildlife Guide and in Nature Conservation for over 30 years. From recording UK migrant birds as a volunteer for Flamborough Bird Observatory to monitoring Siberian migrants in China; he has become highly… Read More »