The Flamborough Head EMS Management Scheme

The Flamborough Head EMS Management Scheme brings together all organisations with an interest in the management and conservation of this special area.  Day-to-day management is coordinated by the Relevant Authorities' Group through the employment of a dedicated Project Officer.  The Project Officer acts as a single point of contact for the Management Scheme and works closely with stakeholders and Key Partners to ensure that the site is managed appropriately.

The Relevant Authorities' Group

The Relevant Authorities Group (previously the Management Group), brings together the eleven organisations that have legal responsibilities towards the European Marine Site. The group works collaboratively to ensure that the protected area is well-managed and the site reaches, or is maintained in, a 'favourable' condition.  The group meets each quarter to discuss any site-specific issues, ongoing projects and wider marine conservation policy developments. 

Our Key Partners

The Project Officer works closely with local non-governmental organisations to develop projects, improve site management and engage with the general public. 

The RSPB operates the Yorkshire Seabird Centre at RSPB Bempton Cliffs Nature Reserve and also carries out seabird monitoring on behalf of Natural England.  The Bempton Cliffs Site Manager is invited to attend meetings of the Relevant Authorities' Group to advise on the condition and health of the seabird colony, in a non-voting capacity. 

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust manages a large section of the north cliffs of Flamborough Head and operates the Living Seas Centre at Flamborough.  A partnership project with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust established the Storyboard infrastructure around the EMS and the charity also regularly engages with the local fishing fleet.  

Task and Finish Groups

Task and finish groups are set-up, or supported by, the Management Scheme to engage with stakeholders, local organisations and Authorities on a specific issue or project.  These groups are especially useful for developing voluntary codes of conduct with site users or progressing a specific project proposal.   

The Relevant Authorities' Group consists of representatives from the following relevant authorities organisations with legal obligations towards the European Marine Site:


East Riding of Yorkshire Council provides a range of local Government Services for the area covering most of Flamborough Head. Relevant functions include countryside management, development control, co-ordination of the Shoreline Management Plan south of Flamborough, environmental health and promotion of local tourism.


Natural England is the statutory adviser to the Government on nature conservation in England and promotes the conservation of England's wildlife and natural features. The Marine and Coast team in the Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire Area, works closely with the Flamborough Head EMS Management Scheme.


The Environment Agency in England and Wales provides a comprehensive approach to the protection and management of the environment by combining the regulation of land, air and water. The Agency exists to provide high quality environmental protection and improvement. This is achieved by an emphasis on prevention, education and vigorous enforcement wherever necessary.


The North Eastern Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority, with responsibilities to both the commercial fishing industry and marine ecology management, aims to manage, regulate, develop and protect fisheries within its area of jurisdiction with a view to ensuring the sustainability of the marine environment.


The Marine Management Organisation was established from the Marine and Coastal Act    2009 to make a significant contribution to sustainable development within the marine area. The MMO promotes the UK Government's vision for clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas.


North Yorkshire County Council is the main provider of essential services to a population of more than half a million people, including education for life, community care for all ages, communications links and public protection. Additional local services including housing, leisure and refuse collection are co-ordinated by the district councils such as Scarborough.


Scarborough Borough Council provides a range of local Government services for the area north of Speeton in conjunction with North Yorkshire County Council including countryside management, development control, co-ordination of the Shoreline Management Plan north of Flamborough, environmental health, management of harbours and promotion of local tourism.


Trinity House has a duty to deliver modern, reliable and economical aids to navigation service, to assist the safety of all classes of mariners in general navigation. Its principal activities include buoy laying, superintendence of and consent to local lights, wreck marking and/or dispersal, helicopter and lighthouse operations, and the provision of differential G.P.S.


Yorkshire Water Services Ltd. is the company that provides households water services 24 hours a day. As a company they are committed to achieving environmental best practice throughout all their business activities.



The Bridlington Harbour Commissioners exist to serve the traditional Port of Bridlington and promote best practice amongst harbour users and in carrying out its duties.




The Flamborough and North Landing Harbour Commissioners exist to serve the traditional fishing communities of Flamborough and North Landing through the promotion of the local fishing and tourism industries.