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Talk, Thu 27 Oct 2016, £7-£10


Grandstand viewpoint at RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Grandstand viewpoint at RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Six cliff-top viewpoints get visitors close to the sights, sounds and smells of the nesting seabirds and give spectacular views along the coast. Three viewpoints are fully wheelchair accessible.


We all love the sounds of gulls at the seaside, but with numbers in town having increased dramatically and numbers of colonies more than doubled since Seabird 2000, the 'seagull issue' is a different matter. Urban gulls are hated by many and efforts to get rid of them range from the hopeless to the ridiculous. All of this has been costly and, needless to say, profitable. What does the future hold? More urban gulls of course! Now, here's a thing: whilst we know lots about the large gulls in the wild, we know so very little about them in town - and town gulls are very different from their wild cousins. We have two separate populations and that makes things more than a bit tricky. So, how can we manage the situation?

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Wi-Fi available in the Seabird Centre.

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 27 Oct 2016 18:30 to 21:00
see above


£10 non members, members £7.00



    Cliff Lane,
    YO15 1JF



    See location of RSPB Bempton Cliffs on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    Map reference: TA 196739  Lat: 54.14745 Long: -0.16939

    By road:

    The reserve is on the cliff road from the village of Bempton, which is on the B1229 road from Flamborough to Filey. In Bempton village, turn northwards at the White Horse public house and the reserve is at the end of the road after 1 mile (follow the brown tourist signs).
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    By public transport:

    Trains and buses stop at Bempton, 1.5 miles/2.4 km from the reserve. The timetables are seasonal so we advise you call the Visitor Centre for further details. Nearest ferry port in Hull and Humberside Airport in north Lincolnshire

    Nearest railway station 200 m south of Bempton village. Exit station and turn left, follow road down to church, walk up lane adjacent to church to staggered cross-road junction. Walk across road and take the road adjacent to the White Horse public house, northwards to the reserve. Total walking distance 2.4 km. Walking time 20 minutes.
    Nearest bus stop in Bempton village, 1.5 km from the reserve. Buses will drop off at any point on request. Disembark at White Horse public house and follow road northwards up the lane to the reserve. Walking time 15 minutes.


    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Disabled accessDisabled access
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • Picnic sitePicnic site
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups

    Wi-Fi available in the Seabird Centre.

    Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


    • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
      • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
    • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
      • Yesis solid
    • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
    • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
      • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

    Public Areas

    • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
      • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
      • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
      • YesTo the gift shop
    • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
    • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
    • YesBaby changing facilities
    • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
    • YesHearing loop installed in public areas


    • YesEntrance is well lit
    • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance


    • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
    • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
    • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
      • YesSugar free (diabetic)
      • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
      • YesNut free
      • YesAdditive free
      • YesOrganic
      • YesVegetarian
    • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
    • YesHigh chairs for children
    • YesChildren's menu