Yorkshire Seabirds and Raptors - a birding bonanza!

Monday 6th - Friday 10th July 2020


Sorry, our 2019 tour is now fully booked, please see below the details of our tour in 6-10 July 2020

 

Please email us on info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk for more details of our 2020 5-day
Yorkshire Seabirds and Raptors Birdwatching Trip

 



Two headed Puffin

Everybody loves a Puffin, especially two for the price of one!


The Yorkshire coast is home to towering sea-cliffs that are teeming with seabirds including masses of Gannets and plenty of Puffins: a real wildlife spectacle and you can look forward to a really close encounter with lots of species. We will also visit a special location to look for rare breeding raptors including the secretive Honey Buzzard and Goshawk.

Of course, we will be looking for many other exciting birds too and we will visit marshes, lagoons and forests to give us a wide range of great birds on this special Birdwatching Trip. On this exciting 5-day tour we will be sure to see lots of amazing birds in stunning scenery and we know you will enjoy this summer birdwatching adventure.



Gannet in flight ML

Wonderful in-flight shot of a Gannet taken on one of our trips by Mike Lawson



Itinerary



Day 1:
The tour starts at RSPB Blacktoft Sands reserve at 1.30 pm on Monday afternoon. However, if you would like to travel with us from our base in Llandudno on Monday morning, we are very happy to pick you up at a mutually convenient location en route. Please contact us for details. We spend the afternoon enjoying this great reserve before heading over to our lovely base for the trip near Bridlington on the Yorkshire coast where we will spend four nights at our delightful comfortable accommodation. Alternatively, we can meet you at our accommodation early evening (approximately 6pm). Evening meal at a nearby restaurant. Please note that lunch is not included on Day 1.

Day 2:
After an optional pre-breakfast walk in the adjacent lanes where we hope to see a variety of farmland birds, we visit the spectacular nature reserve at RSPB Bempton Cliffs to see the amazing seabird colony. Here we can enjoy close up views of nesting Gannets and Puffins along with many other seabirds. It really is a wildlife spectacle not to be missed. Do bring along your camera with a large memory card to capture all the wonderful action! After lunch, we will also visit nearby Flamborough Head where there may be different species to enjoy. We will be in touch with the latest bird news so if any unusual species should arrive in the area, we have a chance to look for that too. Lunch will be taken at a café along the way and our evening meal at a nearby restaurant.

Day 3:
After an optional pre-breakfast walk in the countryside around our lovely accommodation, we head west to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Reserve at North Cave Wetlands to explore this manmade habitat, looking for Common Tern, Mediterranean Gull and with luck, Kingfisher, amongst many other species. After an early lunch at a nearby café, we will spend the whole afternoon at RSPB Blacktoft Sands, where we hope to find some returning waders, perhaps including Spotted Redshank and Green Sandpiper, Bearded Tits should have recently-fledged young in the reedbeds where Marsh Harriers quarter above. We hope to enjoy close-up views of Tree Sparrows on the feeders and perhaps catch a glimpse of a Barn Owl in one of the reserve nest boxes. There’s always lots to see at this exciting reserve! Evening meal at a restaurant close to our base.

Day 4:
After an optional pre-breakfast walk in the adjacent countryside, we have breakfast and then drive north to an area of forested hills where we will look for exciting birds of prey. If we are lucky, we may encounter a secretive Honey Buzzard soaring over the adjacent valley or perhaps catch sight of a muscular Goshawk powering over the treetops. This area is renowned for its raptor-viewing and on previous occasions we have also seen Hobby, Peregrine, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier and Red Kite so given some luck with the weather, we could be in for a super day. Of course, we will need to have a good deal of patience and spend time scanning the skies to give ourselves the best chance of raptors. We will take snacks and drinks to keep us going during our vigil. If time allows, we may also visit nearby Filey Brigg to enjoy more seabirds. Weather pemitting we will take a packed lunch with us to enjoy at the viewpoint or alternatively if the weather is poor, we will enjoy lunch at a nearby café. Evening meal will be at a nearby restaurant.

Day 5:
After breakfast, we pay another visit to RSPB Bempton Cliffs for another fix of seabirds. Again, we will be in touch with all the latest bird news, so we can take in any scarce birds in the area. Lunch will be taken at a nearby café. Our Yorkshire tour concludes after lunch but of course some participants may be travelling back towards home with us. Expect to see over 100 species of birds on this exciting birdwatching trip.

Please note that our itinerary for Days 2, 3, and 4 may be switched around depending on the latest bird news and weather conditions.

Gannets at Bempton on cliff
Masses of Gannets nesting at RSPB Bempton Cliffs

During our trip we will be looking for:



Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Fulmar, Gannet, Cormorant, Shag, Bittern, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Shelduck, Gadwall, Teal, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Honey Buzzard, Red Kite, Marsh Harrier, Goshawk, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Hobby, Peregrine, Red-legged Partridge, Grey Partridge, Avocet, Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Spotted Redshank, Green Sandpiper, Arctic Skua, Mediterranean Gull, Kittiwake, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Puffin, Stock Dove, Barn Owl, Kingfisher, Skylark, Rock Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, Stonechat, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Bearded Tit, Tree Sparrow, Siskin, Linnet, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, Corn Bunting and any other scarce or rare birds that we may encounter on this special tour. Expect a lot of birds!


Puffin Hornoya

Close encounters of the Puffin kind!



Our Birdwatching Trip includes:


Four nights’ accommodation on a fully inclusive basis in comfortable ensuite bedrooms, ie all meals (breakfast, lunch, and evening meal) and soft drinks from evening meal on Day 1 through to lunch on Day 5, guided birdwatching by Alan and Ruth throughout the trip, entrance fees to all reserves, use of our field guides, use of our top-of-the-range Leica telescopes, free loan of binoculars for the trip if requested in advance, individual checklists of the birds we will be looking for.

Not included:


Transport to/from agreed meeting points; alcoholic drinks; any additional meals and drinks not itemised above; excursions not mentioned in the itinerary; personal travel insurance; any personal items.



The Price:

The price of the trip is £TBC per person sharing an ensuite twin or double room. Sorry but due to the limited number of rooms available on this trip, a single room supplement of £TBC will apply for anyone wanting to have an individual room. This Birdwatching Trip will run with a minimum of four and a maximum of six participants with both Alan and Ruth guiding to ensure everyone has the highest levels of individual attention and the best possible chance of seeing all the birds.

Places are limited on this exciting short break, so please contact us early to book your place. You can email us on

info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk

or call us on 01492 872407 to reserve your place or for more information.

We look forward to hearing from you and sharing Yorkshire's exciting birdlife with you!

Bempton cliff top path 1

Great scenery as well as great birds



General Tour Considerations:

Difficulty:

Easy. This tour to Yorkshire includes some quite long hikes over uneven and but generally level terrain. You should be able to walk up to a mile unaided over rough terrain. We will be visiting cliff edges to look for seabirds. We may be standing for long periods at the raptor watchpoint; while we will provide some folding chairs, please feel free to bring your own for greater comfort. Please contact us if you have any concerns over your participation.

Payment:

Payment can be made by cheque or electronic bank transfer. We ask for 20% deposit upon booking with the balance due by 70 days before travel. Full details are provided on our Booking Form. Please ensure you also see our Terms and Conditions and Booking Confirmation Statement. We are fully compliant with the Packaged Travel Regulations 2018 and have Financial Failure Insurance in place to give you and your money the fullest possible protection.

Participants:

This tour will run with a minimum of four and a maximum of six guests, with both Alan and Ruth guiding. The tour will go ahead provided four guests have booked by 70 days before the start of the tour.

Cancellation:

Please see full details of this on our Booking Form and the Terms and Conditions on our website here: Terms and Conditions. Please ask us if you would like us to send you a copy.

Travel and medical Insurance:

Please make sure you have the correct insurance cover in place for this tour before the start of the trip.

If you have any questions at all about our Yorkshire Seabirds and Raptors Birdwatching Trip, please email us on:

info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk

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