It’s a little known fact that the Yorkshire Wolds & Coast boast some of the best locations to see British wildlife.
This area known as the Yorkshire Nature Triangle offers nature enthusiasts the opportunity to see all many of creatures great and small up close including Puffins, Red Kites, otters and whales among hundreds of other species. So if you’re an avid lover of all things wild, read on to find out more about this unique location and discover the best spots to wildlife watch.
The Yorkshire Nature Triangle
The Yorkshire Nature Triangle in eastern Yorkshire is one of the UK’s best-kept wildlife secrets. Offering many of the iconic species and landscapes available elsewhere in the UK, East Yorkshire also provides many opportunities that cannot be experienced anywhere else.
Made up of 5 distinct areas – The Headland Coast (between Flamborough and Filey), The Humber Estuary, The Vale of York, Holderness and The Yokshire Wolds – The Yorkshire Nature Triangle covers a considerable area of North and East Yorkshire taking in both land and coast along the way.
Top 5 Places to Spot Yorkshire Wildlife
Within The Yorkshire Nature Triangle there are many excellent places to view British Wildlife, but we’ve picked 5 of the best below to get you started…
#01 RSPB Bempton Cliffs
Famous for its puffins and gannets in spring and summer, you can enjoy stunning views from the clifftops and in winter the possibility of seeing short eared owls. The Seabird Centre here has a cafe, shop and toilets, and the pathways are all wheelchair accessible. Combine it with a trip to the YWT Living Seas Centre to find out more about our marine wildlife in the area.
#02 Flamborough Cliffs
Expect more of the same fabulous views of the Yorkshire coastline, and a prime position for catching up with all those seabirds again.
#03 Spurn Head
Famed as the best UK mainland destination to watch bird migration in the UK. Expect all sorts of wildlife turning up in spring and autumn along the bracing coastal walks. Don’t forget to call in at the lighthouse – either by walking or taking a Spurn Safari. Facilities include toilets (at the Bluebell cafe at the landward end of Spurn), viewing hides and a small visitor information area.
#04 North Cave Wetlands
Renowned for its population of breeding avocet in summer whereas the lake provide year-round interest. Facilities include toilets, four viewing hides and the mobile Wild Bird Cafe.
#05 Tophill Low
The perfect place to catch the impressive winter gull roost as well as kingfishers, otters and barn owls. There are 13 viewing hides as well as toilets. Make sure you bring your own lunch though. Couple it with a gentle walk around the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Wolds for a full day out.
Ready to go?
Got your wellies and binoculars packed? To find out more about the incredible wildlife in The Yorkshire Nature Triangle, and more places to spot it from, visit the fantastic website here: Yorkshire Nature Triangle.
And if you fancy spending a few days exploring these impressive sights, choose to base yourself at one of our luxury Yorkshire Cottages. Choose from our Yorkshire Wolds Cottages or Yorkshire Coast Cottages.
Images with thanks to: Bill Richards, David Nichols, Mandy West, Tom Marshall, Jon Hawkins
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