RSPB Bempton Cliffs Nature Reserve


Bridlington, East Riding Of Yorkshire

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Part of the spectacular chalk cliffs that stretch from Flamborough Head to Speeton. This is one of the best sites in England to see thousands of nesting seabirds including gannets and puffins at close quarters. Viewpoints overlook over 2 miles of chalk cliffs rising to 400ft with numerous cracks and ledges. Around 500,000 seabirds nest on these cliffs including guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, fulmars and herring gulls. This is the only mainland gannetry in England and is growing annually. Many migrants pass off-shore including terns, skuas and shearwaters. Wheatears, ring ouzels and a wide variety of warblers frequent the cliff top on migration. Grey seal and porpoise are sometimes seen offshore. Photo credits: gannet - Rupert Pye; Grandstand gully - John Witty; puffin - Pete Hewitt

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RSPB Bempton Cliffs Nature Reserve
Visitor Centre, Cliff Lane, Bempton, BRIDLINGTON, Yorkshire, YO15 1JF


About the area

Discover East Riding of Yorkshire

Yorkshire’s East Riding is the only one left of a trio of ‘ridings’ which existed up until 1974. The North and West are gone, to be replaced by North, South and West Yorkshires. The East Riding rises up from the Hull side of the Humber estuary, until it reaches Flamborough Head. This is an impressive headland with sheer white cliffs, serving as a home to large colonies of seabirds. The area is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

The county has plenty of beachy coast, including the seaside towns of Hornsea and Bridlington. The first of these is between the sea and a large freshwater lake called Hornsea Mere. This is also an SSSI and an SAC, and is great for watersports and fishing. The area was also known for its pottery, which has sadly gone into decline in recent years. Further north, Bridlington is a family-friendly summer beach resort. Kingston upon Hull is the largest city in the county, and was one of the few places outside London that suffered widespread bombing during WW2. It’s long ago come back from that though, and was the 2017 UK City of Culture. 


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