Tourism is the key

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Wildlife and nature tourism could boost East Yorkshire’s economy by millions of pounds, a charity says.

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust said research showed visitors coming to see the countryside and local wildlife spent about £9.5 million a year.

This could rise to £28.5 million if businesses such as guest houses, restaurants and fisheries had a strong marketing strategy, the trust said.

Martin Batt, the trust’s nature tourism manager, said Bridlington, the Flamborough headland and surrounding areas were the key to a tourism boost.

Mr Batt said: “There has already been investment by the trust and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds which hopes to make its Bempton reserve a national seabird centre.”

The development of a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Living Sea Centre at Flamborough on the site is part of a nature tourism project.