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Explore Wildlife on the Yorkshire Wolds

Home to some of Britain's most iconic wildlife, East Yorkshire is the natural destination for any wildlife lover. With a huge array of Springwatch worthy wildlife encounters to choose from, when will you discover Yorkshire's wild side?

Seabirds and Shoreline Treasures

Puffin © Mike Snelle

Between April and July, Bempton Cliffs and Flamborough Cliffs come alive with the sights, sounds and smells of over 250,000 seabirds. 

Booming Bitterns and awesome Avocets

Avocet © Manadt West
Bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers all make their homes in the reedbeds at Blacktoft Sands, alongside the resident conservation grazing Konik ponies.

Wetland Wonders

Otter © Elliott Neep
Nestled in the heart of the countryside, Tophill Low is a haven for otters, water voles, kingfishers and barn owls. Take a picnic and while away the day exploring the 13 wildlife viewing hides which offer great views over the lakes or tread your path amongst orchid meadows and woodland glades.

On top of the Wold

Red Kite © Martin Batt
Having successfully colonised the Yorkshire Wolds, red kites are a regular sight on the skyline.  Underfoot, the chalky soil is perfect for wilflower displays, at their most impressive in June and July.

Migration Miracles

Spurn point photographer
With staggering numbers of birds stopping off on their annual migration each spring and autumn, and overwintering mega flocks of waders, Spurn really is a 'must visit' for any wildlife lover.
Bempton Cliffs
Spot puffins gannets between April and July from the cliff edge viewing platforms, and visit the Seabird Centre at this famous nature reserve.
Hornsea Mere
This large freshwater lake attracts a huge variety of wildlife throughout the year, including the notable little gull roost in autumn.
Bittern © Jamie Hall

The largest tidal reedbed in England, spot bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers all year round.


Bee Orchid
Kiplingcotes Chalk Pit nature reserve lies on this ten mile footpath between Beverley and Market Weighton, great for orchids and butterflies in midsummer.
Flamborough Cliffs

Look for puffins, guillemots, razorbills and kittewakes between April and July and explore the sandy coves, sea caves and rockpools.

Little Egret © Gary Cox
Very close to Spurn, a great spot for roosting waders in winter and breeding waders in summer, along with the neighbouring rare little tern colony.
Living Seas Centre
Learn about the North Sea's marine wildlife, get the latest whale and dolphin sightings, or take part in a Seashore Safari.
Lighthouse Spurn point © George Stoyle

Yorkshire’s own ‘land’s end’, enjoy the 128ft lighthouse, miles of sandy shore and 4x4 wildlife safaris.

Millington Wood

A beautiful ash woodland with great views over the Yorkshire Wolds.


Two large reservoirs attract huge number of overwintering waders and waterfowl, whilst otters, kingfishers and barn owls live in surrounding marshland, reedbeds, woodland and grassland.
North Cave Wetlands
A mosaic of wetland habitats with great wildlife all year round. Breeding avocets in summer and huge flocks of overwintering birds.
The Mill at Humber Bridge County Park
Local nature reserve is a haven for people and wildlife with woods, meadows, ponds and cliffs with views over the River Humber and the Humber Bridge.
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