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Settled warm weather for most of the month brought a fabulous range of wildlife sightings to our region. It was early emergence for many uncommon insects and lots of scarce species were also recorded. Dark-bordered Beauty numbers were up and White-letter Hairstreaks were found five weeks earlier than in 2016. A pod of White-beaked Dolphins graced the coast later in the month and seabirds roared into action headlined by the returning Albatross at Bempton, found on the worst day of weather all month! In this notable final week unusual arrivals weren’t restricted to the coast as a Sabines Gull arrived at Nosterfield.   

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.  Click here to read the full article and see more photos. 

Photographs: Beautiful snout by Allan Rodda (top left), Honey Buzzard by Adrienne Lucas (top right) and Red-veined darter by Mark Pearson

(3rd July 2017)