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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.

Warm southerly winds and sunshine at the start of the month brought out the best of our spring butterflies and moths, and an early surge of migrant birds. But just as we became used to basking in the sun, a colder airflow towards the end of the month brought a rush of Arctic waders and terns.  From Scarce Prominent moths and blossoming Early Purple Orchids to a stunning Western Subalpine Warbler and summer plumage Bar-tailed Godwits.

Follow this link to read the full account with all the highlights from this month. 

Photographs from left to right: Bar-Tailed Godwit by Andy Hood, Green Hairstreak by Allan Rodda and Early Purple Orchid by Richard Baines

(9th May 2017)