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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)

A mainly dry and increasingly warm month brought many naturalists and birders out into the field leading to some great sightings. The good weather suited many emerging butterflies from Duke of Burgundy to Brown Argus. Sighting of the month was much bigger, an impressive Black-browed Albatross at Bempton. At the other end of the scale, but just as impressive if you're keen on crazy moths, was the Chocolate Tip - a new moth species for Spurn. Spurn was again centre of attention for the most impressive rare bird migration moment when four Red-footed Falcons flew past at the end of the month.  

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.   Follow this link for the full article and more photographs.

Photographs clockwise from top left: Hawfinch by Jonnie Fisk, Black-browed Albatross by Joe Fryer, Siberian Stonechat by Andy Hood and Purple Barred by Nicky Wearmouth.

(6th June 2017)

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)