Bempton Cliffs

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Introduction

Nestled in the heart of Yorkshire, Bempton Cliffs is a paradise for nature lovers and birdwatchers alike. As England’s largest seabird metropolis, Bempton Cliffs offers an unforgettable spectacle of life on the edge from April to October – and stunning cliff views and seascapes through the winter.

Awe-inspiring Habitat

Seabird Haven

During the spring and summer months, the imposing white chalk cliffs are transformed into a bustling city of seabirds. Visitors will be delighted to spot puffins, kittiwakes, guillemots, and more gannets than any other location on mainland England.

Beyond the Cliffs

But don’t just fixate on the cliffs. The surrounding land pulsates with life as well. Corn buntings, skylarks, and linnets breed in the coastal scrub, while short-eared owls haunt the expansive skies in winter.

Unparalleled Conservation

Bempton Cliffs isn’t just a pretty face; it’s an internationally recognised site for seabird conservation. The reserve team conducts regular patrols during the noisy breeding season, ensuring that these beautiful creatures are not disturbed. Beyond the cliffs, the reserve also nurtures a plethora of wildlife, including seals and porpoises swimming in the waves below.

Nature Spectacles: Life on the Edge

Almost half a million seabirds teem on the cliff ledges, creating what has been referred to as the ‘Nou Camp of the bird world’. Whether it’s winter or summer, the reserve is a magnet for avian wonders. Redwings, goldcrests and a myriad of rarities make surprise appearances, enriching the biodiversity of this spectacular location.

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Seasonal Highlights

Spring

Look out for the return of breeding seabirds like gannets, puffins, and razorbills. Porpoises often make appearances on calm days, and early morning visits may even reveal roe deer.

Summer

The breeding season peaks with nearly half a million seabirds. Day-flying moths and a range of common butterflies make the cliffside flora their playground.

Autumn

October is the time for the thrilling winter thrush arrival, accompanied by the haunting calls of owls.

Winter

Although quieter, the cliff top walks offer the most fantastic seascapes in Yorkshire. By January, gannets begin to return, adding life to the serene landscape.

Visitor Information

Costs

  • Adults: £7 (March-October), £3.50 (November-February)
  • Children: £3.50 (March-October), £2 (November-February)
  • Students: £5 (March-October), £3 (November-February)
  • Free entrance for RSPB members and under 5s

Facilities

  • Visitor Centre
  • Café
  • Car Park
  • Guided Walks
  • Viewing Points
  • Nature Trails
  • Shop
  • Educational Facilities

Don’t miss this natural marvel; make Bempton Cliffs your next outdoor adventure. Whether you’re a seasoned birdwatcher or new to the wonders of wildlife, Bempton Cliffs offers an unforgettable experience.

images: Sam Turley (rspb-images.com)

Where

Bempton Cliffs, Cliff Lane, Bempton, Bridlington, UK
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