Call to join puffin patrols at the cliffs

Visitors to RSPB Bempton Cliffs often have just one request – to see the puffins. So a new programme of Puffin Patrols has been launched, specially to help them find the cliffs’ cheekiest residents.

Youngsters can get kitted-out with a Wildlife Explorer backpack and head out over the reserve, which lies between Filey and Bridlington.

An RSPB patrol guide will lead the way, keeping a sharp look-out for these much-loved favourites.

Though, if the puffins are playing hard to get, there are 200,000 other equally impressive seabirds to have a look at as well.

Once they’ve been tracked down, fans can watch their heroes nest-building or feeding their young, snuggling down on the sheer cliff sides or frantically flapping above them.

For grown-ups on the adventure, this is a chance to get some stunning photographs.

Allan Dawson is a long-time RSPB volunteer and has been involved in these events for several years: “Joining a patrol is a wonderful chance to see puffins as they go about their daily lives.”

Regular Puffin Patrols run on the following dates at 10am and 2pm: June: Wed 13, Sat 16, Wed 20, Sat 23, Wed 27, Sat 30: July: Sat 7, Wed 11.

Recent sightings have included an exotic hoopoe, found by a warden, spotted flycatcher, ring ouzel and garden warbler. Visitors are requested to stick to the reserve paths so as not to disturb nesting birds.

The RSPB is also hosting Date With Nature days in Marine Drive, Scarborough. Visitors are invited to look at the peregrine falcons which have made their nests on the cliffs under the castle.

The latest dates are tomorrow until Monday; Friday June 22 to Monday June 25, daily from 10.30am to 4.30pm.