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Yorkshire Seabirds & Whales Watching Trip, England

Yorkshire Seabirds & Whales Watching Trip, England
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Seabirds and Whales – A Twilight Yorkshire Adventure, England

A half-day Yorkshire Seabirds & Whale Watching Trip which is leisurely paced and available on request. These special three-hour afternoon/evening boat trips depart from the picturesque fishing village of Staithes and are designed to give people a chance to observe these majestic marine mammals without having to travel overseas.

On this Yorkshire Whale and Seabirds trip which cetacean species you will see depends on the time of the year, but recent seasons have found Minke Whales, Bottle-nosed Dolphins, White-beaked Dolphins, Harbour Porpoises, Grey Seals and Common Seals.

The best chance to observe Minke Whales is in late summer, which sees them following the mackerel shoals. Not so long ago, the Yorkshire coast was famous for its whaling fleet, but now it’s fast becoming a prime whale watching destination. Conversely, Harbour Porpoise are with us throughout the year and are seen on most of our Yorkshire Whale and Seabirds trips, while Bottle-nosed Dolphins are now being seen in increasing numbers all year round.

The North and East Yorkshire coast is also famous worldwide for its breeding seabirds and for being a seabird migration hotspot, playing host to Long-tailed, Arctic, Pomarine and Great Skuas, Manx, Sooty, Cory’s and Balearic Shearwaters, Atlantic Puffins, Common Guillemots, Razorbills, Northern Fulmars, Northern Gannets, Red-throated, Black-throated and Great Northern Divers, Common and Velvet Scoters, Black-legged Kittiwakes and Great Black-backed, Lesser-black-backed, Black-headed, Mediterranean, Caspian and Common Gulls – even Short-eared Owls. The significance of this avian biodiversity has led to the development of three bird observatories, marine protected areas and several sites of international importance.

Our small group size for each Yorkshire Whale and Seabirds trip means you’ll have ample opportunity to learn about bird, dolphin and whale species and take photographs. We welcome anyone from beginners to the more experienced naturalists. We can also offer full day trips comprising a land-based wildlife walk followed by five hours at sea.

Yorkshire Seabirds & Whale Watching Trip highlights include:

  • Memorable encounters with cetaceans such as Minke Whale, Bottle-nosed Dolphin and Harbour Porpoise
  • The opportunity to observe the rich diversity of seabirds on the Yorkshire coast
  • Professional, local guides with expert local knowledge, as well as a professionally skippered boat
  • A small group, creating great opportunities to interact with your guide and learn more about local bird and sea mammal species
  • A full day out with with lots of opportunities for photography - a great take-home souvenir!
  • A free interactive Yorkshire Wildlife Checklist so you can tick things off as you go

Please note: Access to the boat is by a short ladder from the harbourside. If you have any mobility issues or questions, please email us prior to booking: info@yorkshirecoastnature.co.uk 

If you’d like to try an alternative tour, look at what this Seabirds and Whales – A Full Day Yorkshire Adventure, England has to offer.

Alternative Tour Name: A Twilight Whale Watching and Seabirds Trip in Yorkshire
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Please note full joining instructions and itinerary will be given when you book.

We’ll meet in Staithes, a harbour village in North Yorkshire. The exact location will be given upon booking.

Wildlife species expected to see:

Minke Whale, Bottle-nosed Dolphin, White-beaked Dolphin, Harbour Porpoise, Grey Seal, Common Seal, Long-tailed Skua, Arctic Skua, Pomarine Skua, Great Skua, Manx Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Cory’s Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, Atlantic Puffin, Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Northern Fulmar, Northern Gannet, Red-throated Diver, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Common Scoter, Velvet Scoter, Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser-black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Caspian Gull, Black-legged Kittiwake and even Short-eared Owl

What is included?

  • Memorable encounters with magical marine life and birds, such as: Minke Whale, Bottle-nosed Dolphin, White-beaked Dolphin, Harbour Porpoise, Grey Seal, Common Seal, Long-tailed Skua, Arctic Skua, Pomarine Skua, Great Skua, Manx Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Cory’s Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater, Atlantic Puffin, Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Northern Fulmar, Northern Gannet, Red-throated Diver, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Common Scoter, Velvet Scoter, Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser-black-backed Gull, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Mediterranean Gull, Caspian Gull, Black-legged Kittiwake and even Short-eared Owl
  • Time spent at sea with a local skipper who knows this coastline like the back of his hand.
  • Professional, local, expert guides with a passion for the sea, marine and bird life and a lifetime of wildlife knowledge in Yorkshire
  • Being taken to the thick of the birding, whale and dolphin action!
  • A small group, creating great opportunities to interact with your guide
  • Learn more about bird and sea mammal species
  • A full day out with lots of opportunities for photography - a great take home souvenir!
  • An interactive and free Yorkshire Wildlife Checklist so you tick things off as you go

What is not included?

  • Food and drink
  • Entrance fees
  • Parking fees
  • Transport not included
  • Anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary and "what is included"

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Why book with Yorkshire Coast Nature?

Yorkshire Coast Nature (YCN) is a small independent nature tourism company. Every member of our team lives locally and is passionate about wildlife. We believe strongly in delivering eco-tourism with a direct benefit for wildlife and provide annual grants to nature conservation organisations. So when you use one of our services you can be assured that you are helping wildlife.

What to bring?

Suncream, seasickness tablets, warm and waterproof clothing, sturdy footwear, binoculars* (a telescope is useful but not essential) *Please note you can hire binoculars for £10 per day. Bookable in advance only

The small print: accessibility, bad weather, wildlife sightings, booking amendments and cancellations

If you have any mobility issues, please email us prior to booking as access to the boat is by a short ladder from the harbour side. We cannot control the weather so if the boat trip is cancelled by the skipper due to adverse conditions, we will offer you an alternative date for a replacement trip. If there no available date, we will provide a full refund. Yorkshire Coast Nature cannot guarantee specific wildlife sightings as nature is unpredictable. Changes to booking dates can only be made at least 28 days in advance of your booking. This allows us an opportunity to fill your place. Cancellations and amendments within 28 days of your booked tour date are non-refundable.

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Tour Facts

  • Yorkshire coast, England
  • On Request
  • Half Day Trip
  • Wildlife
  • 1 to 10 pax
  • 4 hours
  • Jul - Sep
  • + 8 years
  • Leisurely
  • English
  • Leeds Bradford (LBA) Airport or Contact Us to Know
  • Leeds Bradford (LBA) Airport or Contact Us to Know