Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Visit Planet Gannet

With Gannets galore on jaw-dropping cliffs that plunge 400 feet straight into the sea, now’s the time to get a taste of one of Britain’s best wildlife spectacles. The Gannet colony at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, between Bridlington and Filey, is at its peak between now and September — so staff and volunteers at the nature reserve have organised a series of events to bring visitors closer to these amazing seabirds.

First up is Tea with Gannets, which takes in a guided tour of the reserve, followed by tea and cakes served in the marquee.  The event runs on Tuesdays and Saturdays from July 24 to Sept 29. Cost: £3 for RSPB members, £6 for non-members. Booking essential, call 01262 851179.

Glorious Gannet Evening Walks, accompanied by experts from Yorkshire Coast Nature, give a wonderful insight into the life and loves of the bird. A stroll along the cliffs in the fading light will make the perfect end to a day. Walks take place on Mondays and Thursdays in August at 6.30pm.  Cost: £2. Booking essential, call 01262 851179.

For younger visitors, the Greedy Gannet Club is a great way to spend a fun-filled hour or so in the company of Seabird Steve and his crew. Making Gannet masks, creating Gannet finger puppets, folding Gannet paper darts and going on Gannet walks are just some of the things they’ll be getting up to. The Club is every Thursday in August, 10.00am – 4.00pm, There is no charge for the activities.

And for those with a passion — or just a passing interest — in photography, the RSPB Gannet Photography Workshops, led by Yorkshire Coast Photographer Steve Race, are a must-do. As well as offering those taking part the chance to capture incredible up-close images of Gannets, Steve’s experience and expertise offers a real opportunity to improve your skills.  RSPB/Yorkshire Coast Nature Gannet Photography Workshops run every Monday and Friday in August, 10.00am.  Cost: £10. Booking essential on 01262 850959.

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