East Yorkshire – Seabirds, Migrants & Raptors Special

Tuesday 3rd – Friday 6th June 2025

With famous birding sites that include Spurn Point, Flamborough Head, Bempton Cliffs and Wykeham Forest, this tour is designed to see the best of breeding seabirds in their thousands plus rare breeding species such as European Honey Buzzard and Northern Goshawk!

The Yorkshire coast in summer is alive with birds and we are adding the bonus of a boat trip off the coast at Bempton Cliffs to look at seabird colonies from a different angle which will be one of the tour highlights. June is also a great time catch up with late migrants or something rarer, such as a Red-tailed Shrike and Black-browed Albatross which were present in June 2022.

We can hope for an action-packed few days birding along with great food, accommodation and scenery!

Tour Leader: Steve Grimwade
Maximum Group Size: 7

Day 1
We leave our base in Essex and drive northwards with possible pickups on route and depending on ‘recent bird news’ we spend the afternoon exploring the Spurn Peninsula. Spurn is a ‘three and a half mile long’ sand and shingle spit, well vegetated with Marram Grass and Sea Buckthorn and to the west is an extensive area of tidal mudflats.

The geographic location of Spurn makes it one of the best places on the east coast to watch spring migration as well as to see waders and wildfowl which feed on the mudflats of the river Humber and nearby Kilnsea Wetlands. Spurn boasts an impressive list of past spring rarities which are likely after south-easterly winds and during the past few years, species have included Red-backed Shrike, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Red-rumped Swallow, Rose-coloured Starling, European Bee-eater, Rustic Bunting, Eurasian Golden Oriole and Common Rosefinch amongst others!

We arrive at our comfortable hotel near Bridlington in the early evening where a warm welcome is guaranteed.
Overnight: Near Bridlington

Days 2 – 3
The RSPB Bempton Cliffs reserve is probably best-known as England’s largest seabird colony and between there and nearby Flamborough Head it holds over 13,000 pairs of Northern Gannets, 58,000 pairs of Common Guillemots, 45,000 pairs of Black-legged Kittiwake and 19,000 pairs of Razorbills with around 1,400 pairs of Atlantic Puffins making it a true highlight of the birding world. As well as seabirds, it’s a great place to see Eurasian Tree Sparrow nest and feed in the wooded dells.

During our tour we will take the famous MV Yorkshire Belle from Bridlington out along the stunning Yorkshire coast, past Flamborough Head to the foot of Bempton’s towering cliffs. Here we expect more amazing views of Northern Gannets soaring overhead, whilst Black-legged Kittiwakes, Atlantic Puffins, Northern Fulmars, Common Guillemots and Razorbills fly to-and-fro from the 400 feet chalk cliffs.

Once back on dry land we will head north to the area around Wykeham Forest which is home to nesting European Honey Buzzards, Northern Goshawks and European Turtle Doves plus a supporting cast of Tree Pipit, Red Crossbill, Spotted Flycatcher and Willow Warbler.

The view over Troutsdale is amazing and in the local area we will look for White-throated Dipper, Common Redstart and Mandarin Duck amongst others.
Overnight: Near Bridlington

Day 4
We will spend the morning birding locally before commencing our journey home.

Tour Includes
Full board accommodation
Ground transport including boat trip
Full guiding throughout

Not Included
Lunch on day one
Drinks and items of a personal nature

Relaxed, one to two miles walking per day

Expect between 110 and 130 species

Tour Cost: £970

Single Supplement: £90

Deposit: £250

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