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RSPB Bempton Cliffs

RSPB Bempton Cliffs is the best place to observe nesting seabirds in England. In the breeding season (April to July/August) visitors are amazed to see at close range from the viewpoints the 200,000 birds of different species – puffins, guillemots, razorbills, gannets, fulmars, kittiwakes etc. – with their eggs and chicks, constantly flying in and out from the cliffs to find food. This teeming bird population in constant activity has been dubbed ‘Seabird City’.

The birds on the cliffs can also be watched live on CCTV in the visitor centre between March and October, including close-ups of the nesting gannets.

Grasshopper warblers, sedge warblers and whitethroats also breed. Migrant warblers, chats and thrushes pass through in autumn and in winter short-eared owls can sometimes be seen hunting over the fields. Present year-round are skylarks, pipits and finches such as linnets.

Yorkshire Coast Nature and its sister company Wold Ecology Ltd support the RSPB with corporate membership and work closely with staff on the reserve. We have provided financial contributions towards projects such as pond management for amphibians including great crested newts and vulnerable farmland birds like tree sparrows; we have also bought a moth-trap for RSPB Bempton so that moth species on the reserve can be recorded on a regular basis. Our staff also support the reserve by devoting time to bird research, e.g. weekly surveys of kittiwake plots throughout the breeding season.

Tel: 01262 851179 Email: bempton.cliffs@rspb.org.uk