That is RSPB Bempton Cliffs and it’s one in every of my favorite locations to go to. Right here, I can watch gannets vie for the most effective nest websites, razorbills lay eggs on precarious cliff faces and kittiwakes’ welcome tiny fluffy chicks. I’ll be following the wildlife via the altering seasons and assembly up with the RSPB to see how they monitor their progress right here.
RSPB Bempton Cliffs
That is RSPB Bempton Cliffs and it’s one in every of my favorite locations to go to. It’s situated on the Yorkshire coast and is a famend seabird haven. Spectacular chalk cliffs home hundreds of nesting seabirds, together with puffins, guillemots, gannets, and razorbills.
Spring has arrived, and with that, the seabirds are again. It’s generally known as ‘seabird metropolis’ and it’s the biggest mainland sea chicken colony within the UK. Round half 1,000,000 birds collect right here between March and October to breed and nest on these towering chalk cliffs. And that is my favorite a part of the reserve, Staple Newk. It’s a spectacular chalk arch jutting out into the ocean. I can spend hours right here watching the seabirds all swirling round in nice plenty. And it’s the most effective place to observe the gannets.
Gannets have a particular courtship ritual, tapping their payments collectively and preening. They mate for all times and return to the identical nest website annually to resume their bond. However area is at a premium right here which generally causes battle. Very often the females are guarding the nest and the males are amassing nesting materials with some cheekily stealing from unguarded nests.
Additionally on the ledges are razorbills, with their distinctive black and white plumage and thick black beak. It is a courting pair in what’s generally known as the ‘ecstatic’ pose, the place one chicken raises its beak, whereas its mate preens its throat. These birds are monogamous, pairing up with the identical companion for all times. Razorbills lay a single egg yearly, typically proper on the cliff edge.
With the solar taking place, I get a glimpse of one of many birds this space is known for – puffins. I’ve received some puffins flying now! Have a look at that, they’re simply landed proper on the sting of the cliff. Have a look at them, so inquisitive, I simply love puffins.
Assembly Poppy from the RSPB
It’s mid-June and the breeding season is in full swing. I’m right here to fulfill Poppy from the RSPB learn the way they monitor the birds right here. Poppy and the crew document new eggs and chicks on the nests to examine productiveness charges. The knowledge gathered by Poppy and the RSPB crew helps them perceive any adjustments within the inhabitants. However fortunately every individual solely has a small space of cliff to check.
I spot a guillemot with somewhat chick beneath it. It’s a really precarious little life for these chicks dwelling on these little rock ledges. This chick will stick with its mum till it’s about 3 weeks outdated when it should leap from the cliffs into the water.