BBC Wildlife magazine, March 2017

In the March 2017 edition of BBC Wildlife magazine, James Fair visits the Yorkshire Nature Triangle - and here's where he headed

YWT Spurn National Nature Reserve









When to go: all year (spring and autumn for migration)

What to do: Take a 4x4 'Spurn Safari' to the newly renovated lighthouse, seek out newly arrived migratory birds in the scrub, spot breeding wading birds like avocets and feeding little terns at nearby Kilnsea Wetlands during the summer. Try a spot of ship and seal-spotting from the gun emplacements at the point.

Top tip: If you choose to explore Spurn on foot, be sure to check the latest tide times.

Where to stay: Westmere Farm B&B, Spurn Bird Observatory, Dunedin Country House (Patrington)

YWT North Cave Wetlands

When to go: all year, summer for nesting avocets

What to do: Spot stunning avocets from the perimeter path and hides, discover dragonflies in the dragon's pools and marvel at hundreds of sand martins. Take in the view from the picnic area overlooking the main lake.

Top tip: YWT North Cliffe Woods is just five minutes drive away and has a great bluebell display during May and June.

Where to stay: Estate Escapes, Nordham Cottages

Tophill Low Nature Reserve










When to go: all year, winter for otters and summer for orchids

What to do: Visit the otter hide for a chance to see these elusive mammals and the stunning kingfisher, explore the 'O' reservior footpaths for great orchid displays, chance upon a barn owl in the wet meadows. New visitor centre opens in summer 2017.

Top tip: An early spring and summer morning could be rewarded with great views of grass snakes along the footpath trails

Where to stay: Broadgate Farm Cottages, Wolds Edge Holiday Cottages, Highfield Farm

RSPB Bempton Cliffs, YWT Flamborough Cliffs






When to go: spring and summer for seabirds and wildflowers, winter for hunting owls and dramatic seas

What to do: Bempton Cliffs offers an unrivalled range of accessable viewing platforms looking down upon some of the largest seabird colonies in the UK, including puffins, plus a vibrant shop and cafe. The coastal path at Flamborough (accessed from North Landing) has fantastic summer orchid displays with great views to the rugged coves below, plus yet more raucous seabird colonies. The YWT Living Seas Centre is just 15 minutes to the south, with a great range of children's activities and top tips for nearby rockpooling and seashore exploration.

Top Tips: Listen for the jangling of corn buntings at Bempton - a rare resident, or hop aboard the Yorkshire Belle (Bridlington) or Living Seas Safari (South Landing) to get a totally different perspective on the headland's cliffs and wildlife. 

Where to stay: High Barn Cottages/Field House Farm

Wassand Estate, Hornsea Mere










When to go: summer for marsh harriers and warblers, winter for sea ducks and divers, otters possible all year

What to do: the Wassand Estate has a short nature trail leading to a hide overlooking Hornsea Mere with excellent views for harriers, winter wildfowl and otters. The woodland holds woodpeckers and the surrounding reedbeds have a range of summer migrants.

Top Tips: Goldeneye gather in winter and begin their neck-breaking courtship displays, in harsh offshore weather look out for sheltering sea ducks and divers.