Bempton cliffs RSPB reserve, on the East Yorkshire coast, is home to around half a million breeding seabirds between March and October – gannets, puffins, guillemots, razorbills, fulmars, gulls and kittiwakes nesting on the chalk cliffs and fishing in the North Sea.
We also see other species on the reserve in summer – tree sparrows, nesting in the nesting terraces situated on the reserve buildings, barn owls hunting over the fields behind the cliff tops, and linnets, meadow pipits, skylarks and reed and corn buntings feeding and nesting on the farmland here. Butterflies, moths and wild flowers are also a feature of the habitat here.
In the late summer most of the seabirds leave, though the gannets stay here into October. A variety of migrating birds can be seen here, including short-eared owls, various warblers, whinchats, stonechats, wheatears, and sometimes rarities like shrikes and yellow-browed warblers. Large thrush flocks of redwings, fieldfares, and song thrushes can occur.