What is the Yorkshire Nature Triangle?

Avocets (c) Chris GradyAvocets (c) Chris Grady

Led by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, the Yorkshire Nature Triangle brings together the very best in wildlife encounters and a warm Yorkshire welcome, from Scarborough to Hull and across the Humber and the Wolds.

The Yorkshire Nature Triangle in eastern Yorkshire is one of the UK's best-kept wildlife secrets. Offering many of the iconic species and landscapes available elsewhere in the UK, East Yorkshire also provides many opportunities that cannot be experienced anywhere else.

  • The UK's largest mainland colony of gannets
  • The most easily viewable mainland colony of puffins in the country (not need to take a boat, but you can still do that too!)
  • The most northerly chalk downland streams in the country
  • Some of the most northerly breeding avocets in the country
  • Iconic birds of prey including red kites, marsh harriers and hen harriers
  • Two of Britain's top bird migration hotspots - Flamborough and Spurn
  • Internationally important wetlands home to thousands of ducks and wading birds
  • Some of the most popular 'must see' species for wildlife watchers including otters, bittern, bearded tits and sea-going mammals like seals, porpoises and occasional whales and dolphins

What area does the Yorkshire Nature Triangle cover?

The Yorkshire Nature Triangle is in the counties of North Yorkshire and the East Riding of Yorkshire, in the north of England, UK. It is bounded by the east coast from Filey Brigg in the north all the way down past Bridlington, Hornsea and Withernsea to the 3.5 mile narrow peninsula at Spurn Point -- then by North Cave, the Yorkshire Wolds and the River Hull catchment to the west -- and by the Humber tidal estuary to the south.

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has three flagship reserves in this Nature Tourism Triangle, including the unique and nationally important National Nature Reserve at Spurn, and the RSPB is proud to boast two of their most popular flagship wildlife reserves at Bempton Cliffs and Blacktoft Sands in the Triangle too. But there are many more! More than 30 specially managed wildlife sites can be found here within this beautiful part of England.

Project Supporters

The Yorkshire Nature Triangle was originally establised in 2010, with funding from LEADER, based on support from the EU and Defra’s Rural Development Programme for England.


From late 2014, funding from Big Lottery’s Coastal Communities Fund is enabling better marketing and one-to-one support for businesses that wish to engage with the nature tourism market in East Yorkshire, along with supporting asset development at key 'nature hubs' across the Nature Triangle area.

Along with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust who are leading on the project, we are also working closely with those who also deliver for nature tourism in East Yorkshire, including: