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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

A wonderful grass verge full of colour and great wildlife habitat near Haxby on my walk © Richard Baines

The Dandy Highwayman

  • Thu 23rd Apr, 2020

One day I see endless green verges on my lockdown walk, a depressing monoculture of one colour; grass and more grass. A few short days later I start the same walk and as if by magic the grass has been hijacked by dandelions. The blossoming speed has taken me by surprise and lifted my spirit.

Blackthorn in flower © Jo Ruth

Dark Crone Of The Woods

  • Fri 21st Feb, 2020

Exploding white flowers from bare black branches, blossom before leaf, March belongs to blackthorn. Every winter I look forward to that first spring bloom, and then as if by magic an amazing carpet of white covers the whole tree.

Buckton Pond the start of Hoddy Cows Lane © Margaret Boyd

Hoddy Cows Lane – An Alternative Way To The Cliffs

  • Sun 16th Feb, 2020

Starting from the village of Buckton, just a couple of miles north of Bempton village, the old farm track that is Hoddy Cows Lane takes you all the way to the edge of those fabulous cliffs.

Tawny Owl © Mark Pearson

In Search Of Tawny Owls

  • Sun 9th Feb, 2020

I will never forget my first experience of showing a group a roosting tawny owl.

Redwing in York 2020 © Richard Baines

Redwings And Waxwings

  • Thu 2nd Jan, 2020

There is something really magical about finding a beautiful songbird eating the berries in your holly tree knowing this bird has recently flown over a thousand miles to visit your garden.