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Seabird photography at bempton cliffs

Bempton Cliffs are a prime location in the UK to photograph nesting seabirds. It ranks alongside Troup Head and delivers excellent photographic opportunities for seabirds comparable to the Isle of May and the Bass Rock, all of which I have been fortunate to visit and photograph.



Seabirds at Bempton Cliffs include Gannets, Puffin, and Auks.  This is a wonderful location situated between Filey and Bridlington on the Yorkshire coast.  Around half a million seabirds gather here between March and October to raise a family on towering chalk cliffs that overlook the North Sea.


My visit was at the end of June 2022 and I brought with me my Sony A1, 70-200, and 200-600 lenses, along with a monopod and 35-70 lens.  I captured over 1500 photographs in the couple of hours that I was there.  I narrowed them down to around 70 images for the slide show shown below.  


The RAW photographs were edited in Lightroom and Photoshop to taste.  



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Getting there

By train

The nearest station is Bempton, on the Hull/Scarborough line.  There is a walk of approx 1 1/4 miles from the station to the reserve.


By bus

There is currently no bus service to the reserve or nearby Bempton village.

By road

The reserve is a 30-minute drive from Scarborough and around 10 minutes from Bridlington.  

Follow the brown signs from the main roads. Or key YO15 1JF into your Sat Nav.