Bempton Cliffs

Bempton Cliffs

East Yorkshire

Route: Bempton Cliffs

Area: East Yorkshire

Date of walk: 16th April 2015

Walkers: Andrew (with Gilly Lucy and granddaughter Phoebe at the start)

Distance: 3.0 miles

Weather: Mostly overcast

We parked in the car park at Bempton Cliffs near the recently opened RSPB visitor centre and walked along the short path to the edge of the cliff. The senses are immediately assaulted by the sight, sound and smell of thousands of seabirds – 250,000 of them at the peak of the season

We walked over to the first viewing point and within a few minutes spotted a puffin quite close by. I wasn’t counting on a sighting since it’s quite early in the season, so this was a real bonus

As well as puffins, the other usual suspects were around – gannets, kittiwake, guillemot, razorbill, fulmar – all jostling for position on the cliff edge, gathering nesting material and pairing up

There are 5 cliff top viewing stations and although birds can be seen from elsewhere along the path, these platforms are the best places to go for sightings, being well positioned and often attended by knowledgeable and friendly RSPB staff

I visited all the stations and wished that I could have stayed longer, but our own baby gannet Phoebe needed feeding

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