RSPB seabird cruises
From April onwards the cliffs at Bempton and Flamborough become packed to the rafters with nearly half-a-million seabirds setting up home for the summer. The RSPB, in partnership with the Yorkshire Belle, run a series of 3-hour cruises from Bridlington harbour to Bempton Cliffs, ideal for both beginner and experienced enthusiasts alike. You’ll visit the spectacular 400-feet high chalk cliffs at Bempton and Flamborough Head and get so close to the cliffs (weather dependent) that you will feel you can almost reach out and teach these amazing seabirds. For those with cameras this can be a dream trip.
These cruises are organised by the RSPB Bempton Cliffs – contact details at the end of this page.
There are two sets of cruises:
Puffin & Gannet cruises (weekly from 12 May – 3 August)
Spot the puffins on the cliffs or watch them as they bob in the water around the boat. Watch the graceful gannets with their 6-foot wingspan as they soar overhead, get deafened by the noise of the kittiwakes with wings that look as if the tips have been dipped in ink and wonder how the amazing razorbills and guillemots balance with their young on the narrow cliff ledges.
On the last three of these cruises, you may only see puffins on the sea rather than the cliffs, but they also feature diving gannets around the boat – a truly spectacular sight.
Diving Gannet cruises (weekly from 11 – 31 August)
Sail up to Bempton to view the thousands of gannets who will still be on the cliffs with their chicks, and then watch the spectacular sight of gannets diving around the boat, tempted by one of their favourite dishes – mackerel.
Expert commentators, together with very experienced volunteers from the RSPB’s East Yorkshire Local Group, are on board each cruise to help you identify the birds and to ensure all passengers have a brilliant experience. These cruises are suitable for all the family.
Further information is available on the RSPB’s website via the following links:
Bookings are online at:
If you have any other queries please contact the RSPB cruise office on 01262 422211.
One of the things that both the RSPB and Yorkshire Belle pride themselves on is not filling the boat to capacity to make sure there is room to move around.