Yorkshire Seabirds Long Weekend - a birding bonanza!

Provisional dates Friday 6th - Sunday 8th July 2018

Please email us on info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk for details of our 2018 Yorkshire Long Weekend


Please email us on info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk for details of our next
Yorkshire Long Weekend
Provisional dates Friday 6 - Sunday 8 July 2018


Join us on this wonderful short break to see the fantastic bird spectacle at RSPB Bempton Cliffs on the Yorkshire Coast. Of course we will be looking for many other exciting birds too and we will visit marshes, lagoons and towering sea-cliffs to give us a wide range of great birds on this special short birdwatching trip.

Gannet in flight ML

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

On Friday morning we will drive over to the North-East of England and visit the wonderful RSPB Blacktoft Sands reserve where Marsh Harriers breed every summer. The reserve has lots more to offer besides the Marsh Harriers, with Avocets, passage waders often including beautiful breeding-plumaged Spotted Redshanks, Bearded Tits, Tree Sparrows and warblers so there is always plenty to enjoy here.

Late afternoon we drive further north to our lovely country accommodation where we will stay for two nights in comfortable ensuite rooms.

On Saturday we will visit the spectacular seabird colony at RSPB Bempton Cliffs where we will marvel at the thousands of seabirds here including nesting Gannets. We will also visit nearby Flamborough Head in search of more birds and great scenery.

On Sunday we will visit the relatively new Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve of North Cave Wetlands – a marvellous example of how nature can take over from industry at these former gravel workings. The reserve has lots of breeding birds including Avocets and Little Ringed Plovers. We may also have a second chance to visit RSPB Blacktoft Sands reserve for a second look if any special birds have been reported.

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.

Gannets at Bempton on cliff


Day 1:

The tour starts early on Friday morning from North Wales. Alternatively we can meet you at RSPB Blacktoft Sands or arrange convenient pick-up points such as railway stations en route to our destination. Please contact us for details. We drive to RSPB Blacktoft Sands by the Humber Estuary and spend the best part of the day here. We will have lunch at a nearby café. Late afternoon we drive towards Bridlington on the Yorkshire coast where we will spend two nights at our lovely accommodation in a little village near here with great birdwatching on the doorstep. Evening meal at a nearby restaurant.

Day 2:

We visit the spectacular sea-cliffs at RSPB Bempton Cliffs to see the amazing seabird colony. Here we can enjoy close up views of nesting Gannets and Puffins along with thousands of other birds. If we have time we will visit nearby Flamborough Head where there may be some early returning migrants. We will be in touch with the latest bird news so if anything unusual should arrive in the area we have a chance to look for that too. On previous trips, we have been lucky enough to encounter Black-necked Grebe, Ring-necked Duck, and Montagu's Harrier. And if that's not enough, during our 2016 trip, we found a Short-toed Eagle, an extremely rare bird in the UK!

Day 3:

We check out of our accommodation and head south back towards the Humber Estuary and 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. We may also pay a second visit to RSPB Blacktoft Sands. Again we will be in touch with all the latest bird news so we can take in any scarce birds in the area.

Gannet adult on cliff 1

Our holiday includes two nights’ accommodation on a fully inclusive basis, ie all meals (breakfast, lunch and evening meal) from lunch on Day 1 through to lunch on Day 3, guiding by Alan and Ruth throughout the trip, transport in a minibus during the tour, entrance to all reserves, use of our field guides and top-of-the-range telescopes, and individual checklists of the birds we will be looking for. We are happy to lend you free-of-charge during the trip Leica binoculars should you like to use them, please just let us know in advance.

During our trip we will be looking for:

Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Fulmar, Gannet, Shag, Bittern, Little Egret, Marsh Harrier, Hobby, Peregrine, Red-legged Partridge, Grey Partridge, Avocet, Little Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Spotted Redshank, Mediterranean Gull, Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Puffin, Yellow Wagtail, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Bearded Tit, Tree Sparrow, Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting and any other scarce or rare birds that we may encounter on this special tour.

Puffin Hornoya

The cost of the trip is £TBC per person, based on two people sharing an en- suite twin or double room. A single room supplement of £TBC will apply. There will be a maximum of six participants on this holiday to ensure everyone has individual attention.

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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