List of YWT Nature Reserves (A-Z)


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Summer Highlights

Sea bird filled chalk cliffs, purple moorlands and brilliantly coloured butterflies - there's nothing shy about our summer wildlife

Flamborough Cliffs

The sheer number of birds that breed on Flamborough Cliffs (near Bridlington, East Yorkshire) between mid May and Mid July makes it an unmissable wildlife spectacle. Puffins, razorbills, guillemots, fulmars, herring gulls and kittiwakes all add to the riot of sounds and smells that you can experience. Most weekends our Peering at Puffin volunteers are out with telescopes offering visitors a close up view of one of the nation’s favourite birds.(Photo: Kittiwakes at Flamborough Cliffs - Credit Jim Horsfall)


Don't forget about the cliff tops at Flamborough, with northern marsh orchids on display in the chalk grassland in June. Chalk grasslands like Wharram Quarry (near Malton, North Yorkshire) boast fantastic displays of common spotted, pyramidal and bee orchids during late June and July. Staveley (near Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire) and Maltby Low Common (Maltby, South Yorkshire) are great places to spot common spotted orchids (Photo: Common spotted orchids in the Wolds - Credit Martin Batt)


Butterflies abound in the meadows at this time of year, and one of the very best spots for lepidopterists in Brockadale (near Pontefract, North Yorkshire) where spectacular marbled white and dark green fritillary are unmissable in July. Other great reserves to visit include Fen Bog (Goathland, North Yorkshire) and Ellerburn Bank (near Pickering, North Yorkshire). (Photo: Marbled whites on greater knapweed - Credit Dave Williamson)


National Marine Week is usually the first week in August, and is a great time to head to the coast and explore the marine life in the rock pools. Shorecrab, beadlet anemone, common starfish, winkles and velvet swimming crabs can all be seen on a trip to South Landing, Flamborough. Stop in at the Living Seas Centre to find out more about our marine wildlife.