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Frequently Asked Questions

Seashore Safari - (c) Tom Marshall

Your questions answered! If you need any further information please contact the Living Seas team on livingseas@ywt.org.uk

Is the Living Seas Centre free to visit?

Yes! The Living Seas Centre is open to everyone and free to visit. We welcome donations, particularly if you have done some arts and crafts or been on one of our events, and any profit made from purchases at the Living Seas Centre are ploughed straight back into our fantastic conservation work here in Yorkshire. You can also join as a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust member at the Living Seas Centre, helping to support the wide-ranging work the Trust carries out across Yorkshire.

Is there somewhere to park my car at the Living Seas Centre?

Yes! Ample parking is available for both cars and coaches right outside the LSC. Parking is controlled by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and charges apply as below:

60p for the 1st hour; then 80p per additional hour or £2.90 all day. You can also purchase an East Riding of Yorkshire Council wide car parking day ticket for £5.40. This will allow parking in any ERYC Long Stay car park on day of purchase. Other ERYC car parks nearby to the Living Seas Centre include Flamborough Head, Danes Dyke and Sewerby, alongside several car parks in Bridlington.

Coaches are charged at £7.50.

Does the Living Seas Centre have toilets?

Yes! The Living Seas Centre has public toilets that are open daily from February half-term to the end of November. Outside of these dates, toilets are open in line with the LSC – Sundays only.

A disabled toilet is also available with baby changing facilities. The key is held inside the LSC so please call in if needed.

Does the Living Seas Centre have wheelchair access?

The Living Seas Centre is fully accessible to wheelchairs. There is a concrete ramp from the car park leading to the entrance. Although small, inside the Living Seas Centre has been laid out to ensure wheelchairs can navigate the room with no obstruction. A disabled toilet is also provided on site. 

Do you provide activities for children?

Yes! It is what we do best! At the Living Seas Centre children can have a ‘whale’ of a time playing on our interactive floor! We also have daily art and craft activities, colouring sheets, books and microscopes complete with numerous marine artefacts gathered from the beach at South Landing. We actively encourage families with children to get involved and ask questions about our fantastic local wildlife – and we’ll do our best to answer them!

I am booked on to a seashore event. What shall I bring?

Before heading out check the weather forcast and dress appropriately. It is often cooler at the coast and no matter what the weather was like where you travelled from it could be very different on the coast. In terms of footwear, wellington boots are always a good idea as you can't get your feet wet! If you don't have wellies then stout walking shoes are equally as good. YWT will provide ID guides, spotter sheets etc. We also have a small number of binoculars that people can borrow.    

Can schools visit the Living Seas Centre?

Yes! Our education programme includes high quality environmental activities for schools, enabling pupils to learn both in the classroom and out on the rocky shore. With such resources at our finger tips, learning is guaranteed to be exciting, engaging and (most importantly!) fun. Please visit our Learning pages for further details on visiting the Living Seas Centre.

Can I bring my dog to the Living Seas Centre?

Dogs are not permitted inside the Living Seas Centre with the exception of guide dogs. We have a beautiful veranda which we are happy for dogs to be left on so they won’t be far away.

Is there a cafe at the Living Seas Centre?

The Living Seas Centre does not have a full café but does provide a range of drinks and snacks. Hot and cold drinks are available to purchase, alongside light snacks such as crisps, cookies and ice cream. Limited seating is available inside the centre and picnic benches are located just outside with a beautiful view across South Landing.

Is there a shop at the Living Seas Centre?

We sell a small assortment of gifts such as bookmarks, postcards, pencils, coasters and books at the Living Seas Centre alongside the refreshments mentioned above.

Can I hire the Living Seas Centre?

The Living Seas Centre is available to hire (subject to availability) for private groups/sessions. Please see the Hiring the Living Seas Centre link here.

I want to visit the beach at South Landing. How can I access tidal information?

Daily tide times are displayed on the whiteboard inside the Living Seas Centre. However, should you require tidal information for a future visit please ask a member of the Living Seas team or call us on 01262 422103.

How do I access the beach from the Living Seas Centre?

The beach at South Landing is located a short distance (less than five minutes walk) from the Living Seas Centre. Access is via a sloping road, prohibited to unauthorised motor vehicles, which leads straight down to the shore.

What else is there to do after a visit to the Living Seas Centre?

Adjacent to the Living Seas Centre is South Landing Local Nature Reserve, a 34 acres of woodland, meadow and cliff top. Managed by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, South Landing LNR features a 1.5 km nature trail, a peaceful wooded ravine, a pretty wild flower meadow, high sea cliffs and a stunning beach. From the cliff tops there are panoramic sea views due south, an unusual experience on the Yorkshire coast.

And beyond South Landing?

The whole headland is beautiful and excellent for wildlife, both on land and at sea. After visiting the Living Seas Centre you can head on over to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Flamborough Cliffs nature reserve. The reserve stretches for 1.5 miles either side of North Landing, west beyond Thornwick Bay and east as far as Breil Nook. The site rises from the caves at the base of the cliffs, up the cliff face and extends 500 metres inland, covering an area of 36.23 hectares.

In spring, the cliff tops are carpeted by pink thrift, while the surrounding fields contain chalk grassland flowers such as the orange-yellow bird’s-foot trefoil. However, the main conservation interest lies with the thousands of seabirds which nest on the cliffs. From April to July the cliffs are packed with birds, which disperse by August.

The commonest seabirds are kittiwakes and guillemots, with smaller but important numbers of fulmar, herring gull, razorbill and puffin. A small number of shags nest near the base of the cliffs, while the similar-looking cormorant can also be seen. The spectacular gannet can be seen offshore as it flies back and forth to the large colony at Bempton Cliffs.

At low tide, bare rock exposed on the shoreline attracts small numbers of waders including oystercatchers, turnstones and redshanks. During late summer and autumn the area can be good for terns, skuas and shearwaters, particularly during spells of onshore winds, when they are pushed closer to the coast.

The cliff top fields support breeding skylarks, meadow pipits and corn buntings, birds which have been declining in recent years throughout the UK due to agricultural intensification. In autumn and winter these fields can host large numbers of larks, pipits, finches and buntings, including species such as Lapland bunting. These in turn attract predators including merlin and short-eared owl.

Our Flamborough Cliffs nature reserve is just one of many attractions in the area. To find out more visit the Yorkshire Nature Triangle website here.

Where can I walk to from South Landing?

The Living Seas Centre sits on the coastal path so from the centre you can head west towards Danes Dyke, Sewerby and Bridlington or East towards Flamborough Head lighthouse. We also have a beautiful map on the outside of the centre which shows all the footpaths, bridleways and best places for wildlife on the headland. For wider walks information visit the Walking The Riding website by clicking here. You can also embark on a Storyboard Trail from the centre. More information on the Flamborough Head Storyboard Project can be found here.   

How can I support the Living Seas Centre?

You can support the Living Seas Centre by:

  • Making a purchase. Profit from any sales made at the centre is ploughed straight back into our fantastic conservation work here in Yorkshire.
  • Making a donation. We rely on the generosity of our members and supporters to carry out our work across Yorkshire. Your donation really does make a difference.
  • Volunteering. Volunteering with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is a great way to get out and meet new people, learn new skills and make a real contribution to nature conservation.
  • Becoming a member of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. By becoming a member of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, you can help to fund the running of the Living Seas Centre and its work long into the future. For more information on membership take a look at the membership pages.

How can I find out more information?

If you would like further information regarding the Living Seas Centre or the work of the Living Seas team please call 01262 422103 or email livingseas@ywt.org.uk.