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With a true windswept, wilderness feel and the sense that you can get away from anything, Spurn is one of the country’s top bird migration hotspots.

Spurn is one of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's best nature reserves, not just for its spectacular wildlife but also for its incredible views and rich history. Enjoy the wildlife that can be seen along the whole peninsula, or position yourself in one of the four wildlife watching hides. Enjoy a walk along the beach, and climb the Spurn Lighthouse. For a visit with a difference, go on a Spurn Safari with a knowledgable tour guide. Cycle hire is now available at Spurn, allowing you to enjoy the local area, including the nearby Kilnsea Wetlands Nature Reserve.

The brand new Spurn Discovery Centre is now open! The facility includes a café, a dedicated education space for school groups and displays offering an insight into Spurn’s rich heritage and the variety of wildlife and habitats to be found in the reserve.

The Public car park for Spurn is now the new pay and display car park on the opposite side of the road to the Discovery Centre. Car parking is free to members, or £5 for non members. Entry to the visitor centre and the reserve is free.

Dogs are welcome at the Discovery Centre and North of the reserve. They are only not allowed past the gate to the wash over area due to bird disturbance.

Please visit the Spurn Nature Reserve page for more information.

Visitor Safety: Tide Times

During some high tides, Spurn is transformed into Yorkshire’s only island. Pay close attention to tide times and safety information displayed on site. You can check the tide times before you go in the downloads section below.

Visitor Safety: Brown tail moth caterpillars

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.

Rare birds

Spurn is providing landfall for many migrant birds and a few rarities at the moment. We would ask people visiting Spurn to park responsibly, keeping off grass verges and respect the privacy of residential properties.



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Spurn Tides - information on when not to cross 2018.pdf398.17 KB