Birds of Interest

The chalk cliffs of Flamborough and Bempton have been weathered by wind and sea, creating nesting ledges for over 200,000 seabirds during the summer months. These include the internationally important kittiwake, nationally important razorbill, guillemot and puffin, as well as shag, fulmar and herring gull. The cliffs also support England's only, and the UK's largest, mainland gannet colony.

Kittiwake are by far the most abundant of the nesting seabirds on the cliffs of Flamborough Head and Bempton.


Seabird 2000 Project

Seabird 2000 is a major new initiative to count all the breeding seabirds in Britain and Ireland. 24 species of seabirds regularly breed in these islands and some of them occur in internationally important numbers, with many breeding colonies in internationally important sites. The governments of Britain and Ireland are responsible for monitoring and protecting them. So the UK goverment's nature conservation adviser, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), is gathering the information it needs to secure the future of seabirds into the next millennium and beyond. It is being helped by the RSPB and other organisations committed to nature conservation. Seabird 2000 was launched at the RSPB Bempton Cliffs reserve on April 12th 1999 by Elliot Morley MP and Government minister.