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Spurn National Nature Reserve

Big skies and ever changing wildlife make the evocative landscape of Spurn one of the Trust’s most iconic nature reserves. Whether you go by foot, bike or aboard a Spurn Safari (sorry – no vehicular access down to the Point) visiting is always an adventure.

For full information about visiting Spurn, including Spurn Lighthouse opening hours, Blue Bell Cafe opening hours, Spurn Safaris, bike hire and more, click here: www.ywt.org.uk/spurn-national-nature-reserve

Spurn is truly a site for all seasons, but arguably one of its best wildlife highlights is the spring and autumn spectacle of bird migration. Due to the exposed and recognisable coastal location, visible migration can be often be seen in action as birds head south along the peninsula, on some days you may see ‘falls’ of birds measured in their thousands.

Spurn is a dynamic place in the past people have tried to fortify Spurn against these dynamic natural processes, but largely these have failed. *The most dramatic of these was during the tidal surge of December 2013 which removed a section of the road, leaving Yorkshire with a newly created island at high tide. You can find out the times when not to cross the wash-over section from our downloads section on the right hand corner of this page. The Trust tries to work with nature, rather than against it, to allow the natural processes to take place. As a result there is no vehicular access to the Point – access is solely on foot, bike, or aboard the specially equipped vehicle on which the Trust runs Spurn Safaris.

 

Important Visitor Information

  • Tides Strong currents and soft sand underfoot mean that it is very dangerous to enter the water on the wash over area as the high tide comes in and recedes – please do not make any attempt to cross the sands until all the water has gone. Make sure you get the most out of your day by checking the tide times carefully before you visit and pay close attention to the latest information on display once you get there.
  • Brown tail moth caterpillar In the scrub around the base of the lighthouse, and along into Chalk Bank, you may notice what look like tents stretched between branches, which are in fact the overwintering silk tents of the brown tail moth caterpillar. Whilst for many these caterpillars are harmless, they can cause itchy allergic skin reactions or respiratory issues for those with asthma or hay fever – so please don’t touch the caterpillars or the tents.
  • Dogs are not allowed on Spurn, in order to protect the sensitive wildlife and habitats
  • Help protect the habitats along the Humber by following the Humber Estuary Code of Conduct

 
High tide at Spurn National Nature Reserve

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Directions

Spurn is located c.30 miles east of Hull. From Easington follow the B1445 to Kilnsea. From the village of Kilnsea, the nature reserve begins on the road past the Blue Bell Cafe.

Parking

Free parking is available at the Blue Bell Cafe and Canal Scrape.

There is a limited pay and display car park just beyond the reserve entrance (no height restriction). The cost of a ticket is £4 per vehicle and £20 for pre-booked coaches. The machine is in operation every day and only excepts coins. No change is given but change is available at The Blue Bell Café or Office. The tickets are only valid on the day of purchase. Trust members gain free parking (please leave your membership card on the dashboard of your car).
The parking fees help us to manage the reserve. A free cup of tea will be available at the Blue Bell Café on presentation of an in-date parking ticket. Please see opening times.
No overnight parking is allowed on the nature reserve, should people wish to stop overnight please use one of the local campsites.
 

 

Want to see more of Spurn National Nature Reserve? Have a look below.

Our favourite photos of Spurn National Nature Reserve

Spurn National Nature Reserve photos in our Flickr group

 

 

 

Nearby nature reserves

Kilnsea Wetlands Nature Reserve
1 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Hodgson's Fields Nature Reserve
5 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Welwick Saltmarsh Nature Reserve
6 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Spurn Head, south of Kilnsea
Hull
East Yorkshire
HU12 0UH
Map reference
TA 419 149
Great for...
birdwatching
geological interest
getting away from it all
historical interest
overwintering birds
spring migrant birds
stunning views
Get directions
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Public transport
Plan your journey
Opening Times
Open at all times
Facilities
Cafe
Visitor centre
Picnic facilities
Toilets
Disabled toilet
Baby changing
Size
327.04 hectares
Status
Geological Conservation Review Site
Heritage Coast
National Nature Reserve (NNR)
Ramsar
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
SPA
Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)
Living Landscape schemes
Outer Humber
Access
Yes

Public and permissive footpaths. Contact the Trust for disabled access information.
Walking information
Footpaths are open all the time. Road is closed to vehicles - follow on site instructions. Dogs are not permitted on the reserve, even in vehicles.
Parking
Charge for parking for non-members. Change is available at The Blue Bell Café or Office. The parking fees help us to manage the reserve. A free cup of tea will be available at the Blue Bell Café on presentation of an in-date parking ticket. Please see opening times and pricing information. Parking for coaches by prior arrangement.
Dogs
No dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Hebridean sheep & longhorn cattle
Reserve manager
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01964 650313
info@ywt.org.uk