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Puffins are unmistakable with their brightly coloured beaks, with many calling them the "Clowns of the Sea". They have a breeding colony at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, and it is a fantastic sight when you see then in their 100's. You can spot them by their black back and white underparts and their tall, flattened, brightly-coloured bill. Its comical appearance is heightened by its red and black eye markings and bright orange legs..

Adult puffins arrive back at the breeding colony in March and April and leave again in mid-August; it's always worth checking the local Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and RSPB websites to see when these beautiful birds have arrived so you can plan a visit.

  • You can view at RSPB Bempton Cliffs by taking a coastal walk, where there are accessible viewing platforms.
  • Take your spotting to the next level and see the Puffins from the boat; best to book in advance.
  • The cliffs are steep, and the area is tidal, so don't try to get closer via the sea or on foot unless accompanied by a professional guide.