Seabirds Workshop At Bempton Cliffs
Seabirds workshops at Bempton Cliffs
Each year, 250,000 of them flock to the cliffs between Bempton and Flamborough to find a mate and raise their young. From April to August, the cliffs are alive with nest-building adults or young chicks taking their first faltering steps. Between mid-April and mid-July, the much-loved puffin also makes its home here. You can get close to the action from six, safe cliff-edge viewing platforms Bempton's breeding seabirds are internationally important, making the cliffs both a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Protection Area. Species include kittiwakes, gannets, guillemot, razorbills and puffins.
Breeding seabirds start to return in early spring, including gannets, puffins, guillemots, razorbills, fulmars, kittiwakes, herring gulls and shags. Farmland birds such as skylarks, tree sparrows, linnets, meadow pipits, reed and corn buntings can be seen also in the surrounding grasslands. You can also see short-eared owls and peregrines to as they nest and live in the same area. Migratory birds include wheatears and various warblers, while over-wintering thrushes can be seen on the reserve before moving back into mainland Europe. Porpoises can often be seen on calm days at a sea.
In summer the breeding season is in full swing with all 250,000 seabirds with eggs or chicks. Breeding tree sparrows, whitethroats, corn buntings, skylarks, linnets, reed buntings, rock and meadow pipits can be seen within 200 m of the visitor centre and car park.
These one day workshops will take you to the best places to see and photograph this amazing spectacle that will have on our coastline. I will go through birds in flight technique, getting the best from your camera auto-focus system which will help you capture some wonderful images of the many birds you’re see during your day. The day will last from first light until last light and once you walk from the carpark towards the cliffs you will start to hear and smell the presence of the many thousands of seabirds that nest here. It truly is an amazing place where you will be able to see and photography some amazing encounters and learn alot more about your own photography also.
There are toilets on sight in the visitors centre and light refreshments are available too including a wide range of fresh sandwiches and baguettes, cakes , hot and cold drinks. There is a decked area overlooking the reserve with tables, chairs and wheelchair-accessible picnic where will have lunch before heading back to the cliffs for the afternoons photography.
The day will involve short walks, some over uneven terrain but its mostly flat underfoot. Waterproof walking boots are essential. We will make best use of the light so early starts and late finishes will be part of the day.
You will need to provide your own photographic equipment, a 500mm lens will be ideal for this workshop, but a 300mm with converters should be fine. A tripod is a must as this will help you with your flight images and general overall photography. The landscape of Bempton will give you many beautiful opportunities to capture it’s beauty so bring a wide-angle if you have one.
The weather can change at any moment and this location is fairly exposed so bring appropriate clothing and footwear. Camera protection is also needed due to the weather and the coastal position. We aren’t far from the visitors centre though and if the weather is really bad we can walk back take shelter have a brew and wait for the weather to improve.
The meeting place is Bempton Cliffs car park and the address is - Cliff Lane, Bempton, Bridlington, YO15 1JF
1-4 people maximum
2019 Dates TBC
£300.00 per day, per participant – 1 to 1 ratio
£200.00 per day, per participant – 1 to 2 ratio
All dates are flexible, should the dates stated not suit you then please email me with your alternative date(s)
Discounted rates for more than two people and groups of up to four participants are available, email me for more details.
Reserve fees, all photography knowledge and skills taught from me.
Car park fees and lunch in the visitor centre and anything of a personal nature