There’s a spot in Yorkshire’s Bridlington where the air fills with the sound of thousands of sea birds calling, waves crash against the cliffs and the wind whips your hair – and it’s fantastic.
The RSPB nature reserve at Bempton Cliffs welcomes thousands and thousands (around 250,000 in fact) of screeching sea birds from March to October every year, and as they sit on their nests 350 feet above the sea they make one unforgettable sight. The whole cliff seems to echo with the calls of the birds as they flit from the sea and back to their nests, and if you watch closely you might catch one of the youngsters trying its first flight into the big wide world…aaaaw.
The seabird centre will tell you everything you need to know about the birds and how they spend their time on the cliffs, and you’ll find guides on hand to make sure you don’t miss a thing during your visit.
Cleverly positioned CCTV means you can sit for a while and watch the birds go about their business from inside the Visitor Centre, and when you’re ready to step outside and soak up the deafening atmosphere there are six viewing areas to choose from. You’ll even find special viewing platforms for wheelchair users and those of you trying to work out how you’ll make it to the clifftop with the pushchair in tow.
The closest viewing platforms to the car park are Grandstand (which is accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs) just 200m away, and the bird feeding station’s only 50m away so you don’t need to wander far to get a brilliant view of the action on the cliff face.
The nature reserve itself is open all year round, and the Visitor Centre opens between March and October from 9.30 – 5pm.