Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire June 2015

As in the past we decided to have a short residential trip to an interesting birding place. Our prime objectives were to see some good birds and stay in very comfortable accommodation.

Both were achieved.

On route to Bridlington we stopped for a short while at the excellent RSPB reserve at Frampton Marsh.

Bempton Cliffs is perhaps the most accessible sea bird colony in Britain. A cliff walkway enables great views from the 400ft cliffs, the nesting sites of many birds that only touchdown on land for breeding from Feb to early summer.

4,000 gannets, (the only mainland colony in Britain.) 45, 000 guillemots and so on, not to mention the iconic puffins and their young. A coolish day and an offshore breeze meant that the guano aroma was not too noticeable.

An afternoon boat trip around the base of the cliffs gave us different views of the sea birds, gannets circling lazily on their 6ft wing spans before landing at their nests.

On the way back to Suffolk we stopped for an interesting walk round Blacktofts Reserve on the Humber estuary. The star bird seen by some was a Montague Harrier. In all we saw about 50 species during our trip.

Thanks to Tony and Ann Sear for arranging this very worthwhile sojourn. One of the great wildlife experiences in the UK. And the accommodation was top notch too!