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This monthly article written by Richard Baines (Yorkshire Coast Nature Wildlife Guide) is a detailed summary of scarce and rare wildlife seen by anyone in the area, an opportunity to pick out patterns of emergence or migration and a small gallery of some of the best photos from the month. If you have any unusual sightings please e-mail them for inclusion to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

March 2017

A month of mild weather heralded a rush of spring migrant birds and a big explosion of emerging moths in the balmy night time temperatures. Rare bird of the month goes to the Cattle Egret which was new to the Scarborough area but even rarer than that and as nerdy as it gets was a melanic form of Water Carpet moth caught near Scarborough!  CLICK HERE to read the full article and see more photos.

Photos clockwise from top left: Brimstone in North Yorkshire by Ed Tooth, Eastern Black Redstart at Skinningrove by Damian Money, Cattle Egret at Ellerburn Bank by Dave Mansell