There’s a world of beauty in the Yorkshire Nature Triangle

Published: Friday 14th July 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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The Yorkshire Nature Triangle brings together some of the region’s best wildlife spots. Today, we’re looking at the top sites to visit this summer.

Led by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, the project kicked off back in 2010.

“We recognised that we had some fantastic attractions in East Yorkshire,” Tom Marshall, Business Development Manager, tells us.

“However, many people knew about individual sites, rather than seeing the area as a key destination for wildlife.”

YWT wanted to collate all of the fantastic sites in the area under one brand name, to encourage people to visit and stay in the region:

“Many come along to a certain site for half a day, but we want to encourage people to visit for a long weekend or stay overnight,” Tom continues.

East Yorkshire has a breadth of wildlife on offer, as Tom describes:

“You can see the puffins on the coast, as well as the red kites. And don’t forget about whale-watching in Whitby. The Dales are also home to the rare red squirrel.”


The Triangle, which has been turned into a handy interactive map, is made up of over 30 unique, managed spots.

At the top there is the Headland Coast. The line runs down past Filey, Bridlington, Hornsea and Withernsea to the spectacular Spurn Point. The bottom is bounded by the Humber tidal estuary.

“A full guide can be found online and in over one hundred tourist information centres in the region,” Tom explains.

The three flagship, must-see sites are the National Nature Reserve at Spurn, the RSPB-protected Bempton Cliffs, and Blacktoft Sands.

“The puffins will be on the coast for another couple of weeks,” Tom advises. “It’s worth catching them if you can. Meanwhile, the gannets can be seen until late summer at Bempton.”

Other brilliant bird migration hotspots include Spurn and Flamborough. Additionally, you can catch a glimpse of iconic British wildlife such as otters, bearded tits, bitterns and even dolphins.


For summer, he recommends rock pooling, especially if you have children:

“The Living Sea Centre in Flamborough will give out tips before you head down to the beach, which is just a short walk away. Here you will be able to see crabs, anemones, fish and all sorts of wonderful creatures. It’s perfect for those long, warm days.”

There is also an array of boat trips that will take you around for the chance to spot seals and porpoises: “These run right throughout the school holidays,” Tom adds.

The useful website tells you all the places to go, when to visit them, and even provides recommendations for hotels and local eateries. Detailed insight into the specific species is also at your fingertips.

“It’s probably Yorkshire’s best kept secret,” Tom maintains.

To find further information about the Yorkshire Nature Triangle and plan your holiday, please visit their website.

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Published: Friday 14th July 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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