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Guillemots return early at Bempton Cliffs

Visitors to the Bempton Cliffs RSPB site are enjoying the early return of guillemots. Hundreds of the distinctive black and white birds have reappeared at the site.
The birds, which would not normally be expected at the site for several weeks yet, are however only providing fleeting glimpses, however ahead of the usual arrival in spring and summer. Up to 60,000 adult guillemots and their chicks can be seen along the 400ft chalk cliffs in spring and summer.
Bempton Cliffs Site manager Ian Kendall said: “It almost feels as though they are playing a game with us, but the truth is they probably leave the cliffs as the weather changes.”
“When it gets round to the breeding season proper they’ll stay exactly where they are, looking after their chicks whatever the weather.”
“It’s unclear what has brought about this early return. It may be that there is plenty of food in the wild wintry seas off Bempton or the constantly changing weather could be the reason.”
“Whatever it is that drives them to do this, we think these occasional early visits in large numbers somehow help bond the colony together and it certainly makes a for a fantastic wildlife spectacle.”
It was announced last year that the Bempton Cliffs site will be upgraded to become the national seabird centre for England, and more than one million pounds will be spent by the RSPB over the coming five years to further develop the site which currently attracts up to 45,000 visitors a year.

Source: Yorkshire Post

RSPB Bempton Cliffs website

Bid to extend North Yorkshire Heritage Coast

A bid to extend the Heritage Coast of North Yorkshire to Filey Bay will be recommended to Scarborough councillors next week. The current Heritage Coast extends from Saltburn to Scalby Mills, and there is another stretch of protected coastline from Bempton Cliffs to Flamborough. The potential bid would join up the two protected coast sections, with benefits for conservation and tourism. It would also add pressure to create a single continuous coastal footpath along the length of Filey Bay, where currently walkers have to make detours.
Earlier attempts to extend the Heritage Coast designation provoked fears from landowners who believed it could lead to more rigorous planning constraints and falls in the value of their land and property.
But Scarborough Council’s head of regeneration Mrs Elliott said Heritage Coast status would not change the existing land usage policy framework and protection would rely on existing enviornmental protection designations. Mrs Elliott said “The beauty of the borough’s coastline is one of its greatest assets. Any tourism publicity should also be used as an opportunity increase people’s enjoyment, appreciation, understanding and concern for the Heritage Coast.”
It is now believed an upcoming review of National Landscape Policy by Natural England represents a “window of opportunity” for designating the Holbeck to Speeton area as Heritage Coast. If agreed at next week’s meeting of Scarborough Council’s cabinet, a Heritage Coast application could be submitted to Natural England next month.

A bid to extend the Heritage Coast of North Yorkshire to Filey Bay will be recommended to Scarborough councillors next week. The current Heritage Coast extends from Saltburn to Scalby Mills, and there is another stretch of protected coastline from Bempton Cliffs to Flamborough. The potential bid would join up the two protected coast sections, with benefits for conservation and tourism. It would also add pressure to create a single continuous coastal footpath along the length of Filey Bay, where currently walkers have to make detours.

Earlier attempts to extend the Heritage Coast designation provoked fears from landowners who believed it could lead to more rigorous planning constraints and falls in the value of their land and property.

But Scarborough Council’s head of regeneration Mrs Elliott said Heritage Coast status would not change the existing land usage policy framework and protection would rely on existing enviornmental protection designations. Mrs Elliott said “The beauty of the borough’s coastline is one of its greatest assets. Any tourism publicity should also be used as an opportunity increase people’s enjoyment, appreciation, understanding and concern for the Heritage Coast.”

It is now believed an upcoming review of National Landscape Policy by Natural England represents a “window of opportunity” for designating the Holbeck to Speeton area as Heritage Coast. If agreed at next week’s meeting of Scarborough Council’s cabinet, a Heritage Coast application could be submitted to Natural England next month.

Source: Filey & Hunmanby Mercury