East Yorkshire in Autumn

Experience the magic of the east coast of Yorkshire during autumn migration! We’ll visit some of the most iconic locations in search of fantastic birds.

Binoculars are strongly encouraged, as well as a scope where possible for some distant wader and wildfowl observations.

The week includes breakfast and evening meals, lunch is not provided but we will make stops.
Drinks are excluded.
There may be some long days and some early starts.
Suitable for children, and can be adapted for those with disabilities.

Day One: We’ll meet at our hotel at The Beverley Arms Hotel around lunch time before heading out to nearby wetlands in search of waders and gulls, the site is well known for it’s roost of Little Gulls with over 1,000 having been recorded. We’ll then return to our hotel in time for our evening meal and a chance to over the upcoming tour.

Day Two: Spurn is a well-known area for Autumn migration and this will be the second location of our tour. We’ll explore the fields and shrubs around the Spurn Bird Observatory, before making our way down towards the Point and finishing at Kilnsea Wetlands. Spurn is a great location and has turned up very interesting birds in the past such as Barred Warblers, Wryneck, Red-flanked Bluetail, and other occasional birds such as Long-billed Dowitcher, Collared Flycatcher and Broad-billed Sandpiper.

Day Three: We’ll be making a trip up to Flamborough Head ready around the headland including the sheltered spots at North and South Landing and Old Fall Plantation in search of migrants hiding amongst the shrubs. The cliffs can also provide a host of birdlife including Fulmar, Kittiwakes and Shag. The cliff top is also a prime location for seawatching and we will spend a little time looking for passage on the sea.

Day Four: Blacktoft Sands RSPB is the location of our forth day, focusing mainly on the fantastic select of wildfowl and waders that are on offer. We’ll be using the hides to look for birds particularly waders such as Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and Ruff which build up large numbers during the autumn. After our visit to Blacktoft Sands, we’ll pay a visit to Donna Nook to see the Grey Seals pupping as well as looking for passerines on the shore such as Twite, Snow Buntings and Shore Lark.

Day Five: Our final day of the tour, the morning we will visit nearby sites in search of species we may have missed during the tour, or we would visit any rarities to see before heading off around lunchtime.

Plans will be flexible and we’ll adapt each day to the conditions, rarities and movement.

Likely species could include:
Autumn birds can include Swifts, House Martins, Goldfinches and other birds moving in large numbers. There’s also the possibility of common autumn migrants such as Wryneck, Barred Warbler, Red-backed Shrikes, Red-flanked Bluetail.

On the coast we’ll be looking through winter wader flocks in search of Dunlin, Knot, Black-tailed Godwits, Ringed Plover and will also be looking for wildfowl Tufted Ducks, Shoveler, Great Crested Grebes and the potential for Bitterns.

The winter is a great time for rarities with Great Grey Shrike, Ferruginous Duck, Ring-necked Duck all having turned up in recent years.

Price per person:

Max group size:

Upcoming dates:
10th – 14th October 2022 *Spaces*

Tour Leaders

What’s Included:
– Accommodation at The Beverley Arms Hotel 
– Breakfast and evening meals
– Expert guidance from an experience and knowledgeable guide
– Comfortable travel to and from all of our sites
– Entrance to all nature reserves and restricted areas

What’s Not Included:
– Drinks during evening meals
– Lunches
– Insurance and other items of a personal nature