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Seabirds And Whales A Yorkshire Adventure 2021

  • Staithes

A Birding and Cetecean Safari on Land and Sea! 2021

The North and East Yorkshire Coast has long been famous for its seabirds. From the towering chalk cliffs of Flamborough Headland which reaches 6 miles out to sea to the Jurassic Coast of Scarborough and Whitby with two Bird Observatories at Flamborough Bird Observatory and Filey Bird Observatory and a watchpoint at Long Nab Scarborough Birders.

On our Yorkshire Coast Nature land and offshore seabird trips in the last few years we have seen Long-tailed Skua, Arctic Skua, Pomarine Skua, Great Skua, Manx Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Corys Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, Grey Phalarope, Puffin, Guillemot, Razorbill, Fulmar, Gannet, Shag, Red-throated Diver, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Common Scoter, Velvet Scoter, Caspian Gull and even Short-eared Owl!

The Yorkshire coast, once famous for its whaling fleet which sailed from Whitby is now becoming famous for its whale watching! In summer Minke Whales appear, following the Mackerel shoals, these fantastic mammals are the most regularly seen large cetacean on our coast, watch the YCN video below from some up close whale action! Harbour Porpoise are with us throughout the year and seen on most of our trips. Bottle-nosed and White-beaked Dolphins are now being seen every year on the coast in increasing numbers!

These special full day trips have been designed to allow the flexibility to target the best stretch of coastline depending on where the seabird and/or cetacean action is prior to the tour.

In 2021 we will run our trips from Staithes again with Sean Baxter as our skipper and up to 6 hours at sea! The land based part of the tour is spent sea watching from a nearby coastal watch point to familiarise the group with the seabirds and seawatching techniques. The trips vary between morning sailings and mid-day. The cliff walk will either be before or after boat trip with a break between. 

Throughout the day you will have a great opportunity to learn about field craft and identification from our local expert guides in a small friendly group environment. Each tour includes  the boat trip and an expert YCN guide in a small group environment. The meeting point will be in Staithes village in North Yorkshire 

Please Note: Payment must be made in advance of any booking. All bookings will be confirmed by email which will contain important details of your trip. Please email us to confirm you have read and understood the instructions and keep this email safe. 


Seabirds And Whales A Yorkshire Adventure 2021

Richard Baines PGdip MCIEEM YCN role: Company Director and Birding/Wildlife Guide Qualifications: National Diploma Land Use and Recreation, Post Graduate Diploma Environmental Conservation Profession al Membership: Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) Personal… Read More »


Seabirds And Whales A Yorkshire Adventure 2021

Mark Pearson BSc Hons YCN role: Birding/Wildlife Guide Qualifications: Higher National Diploma in Ornithology, BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science Personal Profile: Mark is an obsessive Yorkshire coast birder and naturalist whose roles include wildlife guide, ecologist, speaker, writer and educator. He… Read More »


Jono Birding in Israel as part of the award winning Yorkshire Terriers team in 2018

Jono Leadley BSc Hons YCN role: Birding/Wildlife Guide Qualifications: BSc Hons Ecology Jono is a self-confessed nature geek. His passion started at an early age, firstly with birds and then broadening into all forms of wildlife and this interest has taken him all over the world. [image]3[/image] Jono… Read More »


Seabirds And Whales A Yorkshire Adventure 2021

Margaret Boyd BSc PGCE YCN role: Birding/Wildlife Guide Qualifications: BSc Agricultural Science and Biology, Post Graduate Certificate in Education Margaret has been a keen birder from an early age, growing up in the Ribble Valley, in Lancashire. At a younger age Margaret spent most of her time out in the… Read More »

Date & Time Duration Location Type Price Availability
Fri 2nd Jul - 7.30am 9 hours Staithes, North Yorkshire Group £90 8 Places remaining
Sat 3rd Jul - 7.30am 9 hours Staithes, North Yorkshire Group £90 8 Places remaining
Fri 9th Jul - 7.30am 9 hours Staithes, North Yorkshire Group £90 8 Places remaining
Sat 10th Jul - 7.30am 9 hours Staithes, North Yorkshire Group £90 8 Places remaining
Fri 16th Jul - 9.00am 9 hours Staithes, North Yorkshire Group £90 8 Places remaining
Sat 17th Jul - 6.30am 9 hours Staithes, North Yorkshire Group £90 7 Places remaining
Fri 23rd Jul - 6.30am 9 hours Staithes, North Yorkshire Group £90 8 Places remaining
Sat 24th Jul - 7.30am 9 hours Staithes, North Yorkshire Group £90 8 Places remaining
Fri 30th Jul - 6.30am 9 hours Staithes, North Yorkshire Group £90 8 Places remaining
Sat 31st Jul - 6.30am 9 hours Staithes, North Yorkshire Group £90 8 Places remaining
Fri 6th Aug - 9.30am 9 hours Staithes, North Yorkshire Group £90 7 Places remaining
Sat 7th Aug - 6.30am 9 hours Staithes, North Yorkshire Group £90 8 Places remaining
Fri 13th Aug - 8.30am 9 hours Staithes, North Yorkshire Group £90 8 Places remaining
Sat 14th Aug - 9.00am 9 hours Staithes, North Yorkshire Group £90 8 Places remaining
Fri 27th Aug - 8.30am 9 hours Staithes, North Yorkshire Group £90 8 Places remaining
Sat 28th Aug - 8.30am 9 hours Staithes, North Yorkshire Group £90 8 Places remaining
Fri 3rd Sep - 8.00am 9 hours Staithes, North Yorkshire Group £90 8 Places remaining
Sat 4th Sep - 6.30am 9 hours Staithes, North Yorkshire Group £90 8 Places remaining
Fri 10th Sep - 8.00am 9 hours Staithes, North Yorkshire Group £90 8 Places remaining
Sat 11th Sep - 8.00am 9 hours Staithes, North Yorkshire Group £90 8 Places remaining
Fri 17th Sep - 8.00am 9 hours Staithes, North Yorkshire Group £90 8 Places remaining
Sat 18th Sep - 8.30am 9 hours Staithes, North Yorkshire Group £90 8 Places remaining
Fri 24th Sep - 8.00am 9 hours Staithes, North Yorkshire Group £90 8 Places remaining
Sat 25th Sep - 8.30am 9 hours Staithes, North Yorkshire Group £90 8 Places remaining

Event Reviews

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what a great day. I remember on the way up in the car saying it should be fun, but that (and I am ashamed to say this now!) minke whales... Read Full Review »