There's loads to see in East Yorkshire, but there are five nature reserves that should be on any wildlife watcher's list...

This certainly isn't the definitive list of wildlife watching in the Yorkshire Nature Triangle, but if you are looking for great wildlife spectacles with some home comforts (a loo for a start!) and somewhere to happily while a few hours then these are certainly the nature reserves for you:

  • RSPB Blacktoft Sands is renowned for its marsh harriers, bitterns and bearded tits all year round. Expect marsh harriers, bitterns and bearded tits, along with loads of waders during migration and overwinter. Facilities include toilets, refreshments from the main visitor hide and six viewing hides, connected by wheelchair accesible pathways. Located near Goole, for a full day out, why not try pairing it with YWT Potteric Carr, another large wetland nature reserve just 40 minutes' drive south on the M18.
  • YWT North Cave Wetlands is renowned for its populations of breeding avocet in summer and all year round interest on the lakes. Avocets and other waders breed in June, whilst winter sees the lakes filled with ducks. Facilities include toilets, four viewing hides and the mobile Wild Bird Cafe. For bird watchers, try pairing with the nearby Lower Derwent Valley (around a 35 minute drive) which is renowned for its tens of thousands of overwintering waterfowl, or for a great place to have a walk and try your hand at spotting reptiles choose Skipwith Common
  • Tophill Low is renowned for its impressive winter gull roost and overwintering ducks, as well as kingfishers, otters and barn owls. You can easily spend a whole day here - there are 13 viewing hides as well as toilets. Make sure you bring your own lunch though. To head off further afield, try an gentle walk in the Yorkshire Wolds.
  • RSPB Bempton Cliffs & Seabird Centre is famous for its puffins and gannets in spring and summer. Expect stunning views from the clifftops, and in winter the possibility of seeing short eared owls. The Seabird Centre has a cafe, shop and toilets, and the pathways are all wheelchair accesible. Make your stay on the headland a little longer and take the 10 minute drive to the YWT Living Seas Centre to find out more about our marine wildlife and head down to the shore at South Landing. Alternatively visit YWT Flamborough Cliffs for more seabirds and stunning views - or take a seabird watching boat trip!
  • YWT Spurn is famed as the best mainland destination to watch migration in the UK. Expect bracing walks (the peninsula is 3.5 miles long - be mindful of the tide times), mega wading flocks in winter and all sorts of wildlife turning up in spring and autumn. Don't miss a trip up the lighthouse - to get there yu'll either have to walk or take a Spurn Safari.  Facilities include toilets (at the Bluebell cafe at the landward end of Spurn), viewing hides and a small visitor information area. For a longer day, couple with a visit to the nearby YWT Kilnsea Wetlands

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'Triangle Highlight' Nature Reserve


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Wildlife Activity - Spurn Safaris, boat trips, wildlife art and more!


Wild Day Out - suggested day long car routes


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