What to see in July

Go wildlife watching in JulyPeregrine falcon © Mike Baird

July is a great season to head for the coast for wildlife both above and below the waves

Along the coast, watch for peregrine falcons, with a notable pair in residence under Scarborough Castle (don’t forget to keep an eye out for porpoises offshore below) and regular sightings along the Flamborough Headland.

Seabirds such as puffins start to leave the cliffs in July, forming large rafts on the coastal waters before they head further out to sea where they will stay until spring. Taking a boat trip at this time of year can be especially rewarding as there may be more birds around you on the water than earlier on in the year – both RSPB and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust run seabird watching boat trips.

Yorkshire Coast Nature offer the highly popular Diving Gannet workshops throughout the seabird season, which offer brilliant wildlife photography opportunities.

There are plenty of ways for families to enjoy wildlife throughout the summer holidays. RSPB Bempton Cliffs offer daily events and nature trails, YWT Living Seas Centre offer rockpooling and marine activities and YWT Spurn run events and Spurn Safari tours throughout the holiday season.

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.