Puffins at RSPB Bempton Cliffs!

“Get lost in nature and you will find yourself”

It was a glorious Sunday afternoon and I had finished work early, which is a rarity, so we headed to the coast. We pondered where to go and we were heading to Hornsea, and I just mentioned to Jack ‘we should have gone to Bempton Cliffs’. With that he turned the car around we started heading to Bempton.

We arrived at 4:45pm and we paid £5.00 each at the centre to enter the reserve. It is free to access after 5pm through an ‘Out of hours access gate’ which is easily accessible. The only thing after 5 is there’s no access to the centre or toilets, but complete access to the cliffs and the public footpath walk to Flamborough or Speeton.

There are so many different types of birds up at Bempton, but the ones that the majority travel for is the beautiful puffin.

Puffins are often known as ‘sea parrots’ or ‘clowns of the sea’ due to their bright coloured beak. I had never seen a puffin until this day, and when I saw my first – I couldn’t believe how little it was! It is said that puffins are only 25cm’s tall! But, they’re nifty little things as they can fly at up to 88km/hour!

Birds, birds and more birds!

There are other birds such as gannets, razorbills, guillemots, herring gulls and kittiwakes. All such intriguing birds with their features.

Gannets are large white birds with a yellow-ish coloured head and incredibly blue eyes. They live at Bempton between January and October, and head to the West of Africa, North Sea and the Bay of Biscay.

Razorbills are black with a white tummy, but distinctly have white horizontal and vertical lines on their face unlike the guillemot. Razorbills live at Bempton Cliffs from March to Mid July but are mysterious are they don’t know where they go from July back to March!

Guillemot birds only come on to the land to breed but they come in huge numbers. They’re at Bempton from mid-November until July, but the last sightings are from March to July. I don’t think we saw any on Sunday so this explains it – we could have seen them but I wouldn’t know because all the birds fly so quickly! Plus, Guillemots and Razorbills look so similar! Guillemots have a pointier beak and no white lines on their face.

I couldn’t believe the sound, the smell and the sight of so many birds in one place! It was like a multi-storey hotel for a diverse number of birds!


The RSPB are a UK wildlife charity that look to working alongside nature and to improve the quality of life that wildlife have. With the world we live in today, we really need to work with nature and do our best to protect wild spaces and habitats. Members of staff and volunteers do a wonderful job for conserving and looking after the many reserves in the UK.

Bempton Cliffs is the nearest one to where I live and I would be a member if there were more nearby, and I could drive. One day! While we were at the Cliffs, an RSPCA officer was there to release an injured Razorbill. You could see how proud the RSPB worker was to release the recovered bird into the wild.

I really love going up to Bempton Cliffs, to watch the birds in their natural habitat and also for the beautiful coastline that Yorkshire has to offer. There is a lovely walk to Flamborough Head which is around 3 miles long. The views there are breathtaking, especially on a sunny day!

I really recommend going to Bempton Cliffs if you have the opportunity! Sooner rather than later, if you want to see the puffins!

Thank you for reading,

Emily x

Published by Emily

I'm a Newly Qualified Teacher with a love of photography. Follow my website to see blogs about my latest walks out in the beautiful country of the UK. I am accompanied by my beautiful spaniels Bella and Sydney, and my partner Jack.

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