One of the lovely things about Bridlington is that there’s an abundance of ornithological action to be taken in. Our coastal location means that we get to see seabirds as well as those who prefer to keep their wings inland. Bridlington Holiday Cottages are the perfect base for birdwatching beginners, as well as the serious ornithologist looking for something a bit different. Here are a few of our favourite bird watching sites where we think you’ll get an experience like no other.
1) Spot the Purple Sandpiper at Bridlington Harbour
Purple Sandpipers aren’t usually spotted on the east coast. They’re most commonly seen in north-west Scotland, and in Cornwall. With less than 300 breeding pairs left, they’re becoming quite a spot. Your best chance of seeing them is in the winter months when they hop around on the harbour walls. They can be quite tame, so it’s not too difficult to get a good photograph.
2) RSPB Bempton Cliffs
This wouldn’t be a guide to birding if we didn’t mention the famous RSPB site at Bempton, ten minutes from Bridlington. Between March and October, it’s estimated that half a million birds visit here. There is an entrance fee if you’re not an RSPB member, but you won’t begrudge paying it. Even in the cold winter climate, you’ll still see short-eared owls, with gannets making their presence felt on the cliffs in January. Seabirds and farm birds start returning in early Spring, and you may even see a porpoise or two enjoying the waters around the cliffs on calm mornings. Look out for special events during the year, including “Try before you buy” telescope and binocular days and the puffin trail.
3) Seabird cruises
With the RSPB’s Bempton site in the vicinity, we’re lucky to have some real experts in the area. They’ve come together with local boat trip companies to charter boat trips which allow you to see what the cliff birds get up to from the sea’s side of things. Different trips focus on different species. From May to September, choose a boat trip which interests you. Puffins, gannets, guillemots and razorbills can all be seen at different times, and it’s a great way to get some incredible photographs which you just can’t get from the land.
Birding in Bridlington really is full of surprises. Bring your binoculars and prepare to be delighted by the fantastic display of wildlife which shares the area with us. You won’t be disappointed.