Yorkshire Seabirds Long Weekend - a birding bonanza!

Friday 6th - Monday 9th July 2018


Please email us on info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk for details of our next
Yorkshire Long Weekend


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 break. On this short trip 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

On this short trip we will be sure to see lots of amazing birds in stunning scenery and we know you will enjoy this summer Birdwatching adventure.


Day 1: The tour starts at RSPB Blacktoft Sands reserve early on Friday afternoon. However, if you would like to travel with us from our base in Llandudno on Friday 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 three nights at our lovely accommodation. 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! If we have time we will 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 nearby café and our evening meal at a nearby restaurant.

Day 3: 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. Lunch will be taken at a nearby café and our evening meal at a nearby restaurant.

Day 4: After an optional early morning return visit to RSPB Bempton Cliffs for another fix of seabirds, we have breakfast and then check out of our accommodation and head south back towards the Humber Estuary. Depending on bird news, we may visit North Cave Wetlands Nature Reserve, a wonderful man-made haven for birds and wildlife. The newly-created pools here hold many breeding birds and a series of hides provide great viewing. Alternatively, we may have a second chance to look at RSPB Blacktoft Sands particularly if anything new has dropped in. On previous trips we have been lucky enough to see Montagu’s Harrier, Ring-necked Duck and Spoonbills here. 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.

Gannets at Bempton on cliff

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

Our holiday includes three nights’ accommodation on a fully inclusive basis, ie all meals and soft drinks from evening meal on Day 1 through to lunch on Day 4, guiding by Alan and Ruth throughout the trip, entrance fees to all reserves, use of our field guides and Leica telescopes, individual checklists of the birds we will be looking for.

The cost of the trip is £535 per person, based on two people sharing an ensuite twin or double room. Single room supplement of £150 will apply. There will be a maximum of six participants on this holiday to ensure everyone has individual attention and the best possible chance of seeing all the birds.

The cost does not include: personal travel insurance, alcoholic drinks and any extra snacks, travel to and from agreed pick-up points, any items of a personal nature.

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 book 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

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