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RE: Bempton Cliffs


Maybe it's the Health and Safety people working overtime, but Filey Brigg is a bit dangerous for the average tourist - the path along the top of the Brigg has a steep drop at the end and is definitely unsafe if you want to reach the rocks, the path zigzagging halfway along the cliff to the shore is damaged by landslides although passable in my opinion, but also has a sign warning that it's not safe (although it's an escape route for anyone cut off). I think you can walk all the way from the town along the shore at low tide but it's not a place you should try to reach the end (where the good birds are) with buggies, high heeled shoes, etc as the path is very uneven and slippery and if the tide comes in your options aren't good.

Having said that, careful and well-shod birders should be able to cope.



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Hi Jason,
I married a Scarborough lass some 36 years ago and the NE Coast from Scarborough down to Flamborough Head is an amazing place for birding. A scope is always handy but can sometimes be a hindrance - it gets very windy (and I do mean VERY) up on the cliff tops and a scope is often next to useless.

One of my favourite places is Filey - usually the first place I go whenever I visit the In-laws. But Bemton is a magical experience; from the cliff tops at the RSPB reserve or from the sea below. Boat trips go from Flamborough, although it's been a long time since I last went on one and it can be very choppy!

Filey Brigg and the Country Park often turns up rareties. The Cafe at the Country Park caravan site is a haunt of the local birders - warming themselves with mugs of Yorkshire tea and bacon butties and has a log book of local sightings.

Filey Dams is small Nature Reserve in the middle of a housing estate just inland from the Town Centre and often turns up interesting finds. Also has two good hides. There has been a largish flock of Tree Sparrows, seen easily around the small car park and beyond, for as long as I can remember.

Google Filey Brigg and Filey Dams for further information if you decide to explore further.

Flamborough is also another gem.

Have a good trip.

Rick


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Hi Jason. Bins will be fine unless you want to do any sea-watching for distant Skuas & Shearwaters.

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we're going a week on friday.typically my scope broke 2 days ago do you need one or will the bins suffice?

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i went there april last year and just my luck there was fog everywhere. it was that bad that we couldnt even see the sea!! still got some great views of the birds though on the cliffs just couldnt see everything, which kinda spoilt it a little. going again this may so hopefully the weather will be better smile.gif

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Yes its a lovely part of the country and probably one of the best birdwatching areas in the UK. The cliffs are scary though.

I have stayed in nearby Robin Hoods Bay a few times its an old smuggling village built into the steep sea front and in a cove.

Theres some good birdwatching walks from there too.



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Having completed a days survey work at East Heslerton, near Filey, on Thursday I drove the short trip down to Bempton Cliffs.

What a great idea biggrin.gif, not been on cliffs like that for a year or so, 1000's of Auks, Kittiwakes and Gannets all screaming in what appeared a chaotic mess on the cliffs, over the sea and in filling the sky!?

Razorbill, Guillemot and Puffin all within 5m at times just over the tops of the cliffs, great if you don't suffer from vertigo. Unfortunately, having taken my camera out for the first time in ages the battery was dead when I went to use it disbelief.gif, nevermind, my memory and a short clip on my mobile phone will have to do instead.

Lovely to watch the Fulmar gliding through the endless streams of other birds too.

If you are ever that way, well worth a stroll along the clifftops smile.gif. No migrants were on the tops though despite a good search, but plenty of Tree Sparrow and Reed Bunting on the feeders and a appently a Firecrest there on Wednesday!?

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