Wildlife to see in April

Go wildlife watching in AprilGrass snake © Richard Bowler

Spring is upon us! April is one of the most exciting months of the year as many animals and plants burst onto the scene

Yorkshire’s seabird colonies are back and getting into full swing, with puffins, kittiwakes, guillemots, razorbills, shags and fulmars joining the gannets that arrived earlier in the year on the chalk cliffs of the Flamborough Headland. Head to the newly opened Seabird Centre at RSPB Bempton Cliffs or take a short stroll along the coast to YWT Flamborough Cliffs to get right amongst the sights, sounds, smells and all the rest of the action!

April also sees migrating birds arriving back to our shores, with the prominent coastal landmarks of YWT Spurn, Flamborough and Filey Brigg the best seats in the house for first views of these summer visitors. Check out Spurn Bird Observatory, Filey Bird Observatory, Flamborough Bird Observatory and Birdguides for hot-off-the-press arrivals

With the unpredictability of migration, this is a great month to take a Spurn Safari tour at YWT Spurn – aboard this giant moving hide you’ll be in the right place to see some amazing wildlife, and the views from the top of the Spurn Lighthouse are certainly worth the climb!

The reedbeds of RSPB Blacktoft Sands and Far Ings are now alive with the boom of bitterns whilst overhead marsh harriers can be seen tumbling in their impressive courtship displays.

Among the wetlands, reedbeds and former gravel pits of the Humber Estuary, the iconic avocet is beginning to set up home for summer, soon to be joined by little ringed plovers and sand martins. Visit YWT North Cave Wetlands, YWT Kilnsea Wetlands or RSPB Blacktoft Sands for great views.

In April the majority of grass snakes emerge, with female common lizards and adders following the males, which were out in March. Try YWT Allerthorpe Common near York for adders, or Tophill Low near Driffield for grass snakes.

Yorkshire Coast Nature

Yorkshire Coast Nature is an independent Yorkshire based wildlife tourism company offering a variety of activity tours, events and workshops for all levels of interest from beginner to advanced. Visit www.yorkshirecoastnature.co.uk to view all tours, events and workshops.