Wildlife Watching - Did you know?
We’re located perfectly for you to enjoy all that is on offer in the amazing Yorkshire Nature Triangle – bringing together some of the UK’s unrivalled wildlife experiences, from ‘seabird cities’ to red kites, otters and even whale watching.
KINGS OF THE RIVER – 15 mins drive
Almost right on our doorstep, Yorkshire Water’s Tophill Low nature reserve is a huge wetland haven nestling in the Wolds. Visit quiet lagoons for a glimpse of a kingfisher, water vole or otter (try the otter cam too!) and stake out the meadows for barn owls, butterflies, dragonflies and the elusive grass snake. In winter, Tophill comes alive as thousands of brightly dressed ducks drop in from northern Europe, with marsh harriers and the occasional osprey in spring and autumn often adding to the unexpected surprises.
PUFFINS DRESSED FOR DINNER – 30 mins drive
From April to July, these colourful characters in their black and white dinner jackets make a home in the ‘seabird cities’ of RSPB Bempton Cliffs & Seabird Centre - which is also home to our largest seabird, the gannet – and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s (YWT) Flamborough Cliffs, with the two world-renowned spots together hosting 250,000 globe-trotting seabirds. If the weather’s not so kind, why not dive into the Living Seas Centre at Flamborough too?
A WHALE OF A TIME – 1 hour
Once a home to whale hunters, Whitby now play’s host to Yorkshire’s growing reputation as a place to see these magnificent marine mammals. Every August – October, but peaking in September, minke whales grow in numbers as they feed on herring offshore. Join a trip where porpoises, dolphins and seals add to the cast of potential stars beneath the waves. Our friends Yorkshire Coast Nature also offer whale wathing trips. Seabirds And Whales Birdwatching And Cetacean Safari 2016
SUPERB SPURN - 1.5 hours drive
With a true windswept, wilderness feel and the sense that you can get away from anything, Spurn really is Yorkshire’s ‘lands end’. Enjoy a quiet getaway stroll along the endless shore or a chance encounter with an exotic rare bird as part of the annual Migration Festival ‘MigFest’. Head up the iconic Spurn Lighthouse (opening autumn 2015) for a real panoramic view or try a 4x4 ‘Spurn Safari’ adventure on selected weekends.
A little further…
The Humber Estuary is home to avocets, bitterns, bearded tits, marsh harriers and peregrines plus much more besides – all within an easy day’s trip from your base at Highfield Farm.
Not sure where to start?
Visit the Yorkshire Nature Triangle website for a range of self-guided trips, pick up a FREE guide in our relaxing living room when you arrive or follow Facebook and Twitter for the very latest wildlife sightings.
Download a Wildlife Calendar to help with your visit