Seabird cruises

The RSPB boat tours start on May 7
The RSPB boat tours start on May 7

THE popular RSPB gannet and puffin cruises, which each year show thousands of people the amazing seabirds off the Yorkshire coast, are due to set sail again on Saturday, May 7.

The three-hour cruises, aboard the Yorkshire Belle, sail across Bridlington Bay, around Flamborough Head and up to the amazing Bempton Cliffs, home of the RSPB nature reserve which in spring and summer is alive with almost 250,000 seabirds.

Kim Smales, RSPB cruise co-ordinator, said: “If you haven’t been on the cruises before, you’re missing out!

“The sight of majestic gannets, with their distinctive yellow heads and six-foot wingspan, is something that lives in the memory for a very long time. And that’s not to mention the cute puffins bobbing along in the water alongside the boat, or the deafening noise of the kittiwakes filling the air with their noisy calls.”

RSPB volunteers will be on board to answer questions.

The cruises run most weekends from May 7 to July 16. Tickets cost £18 for adults, £9 children (u14) or £45 for a family.

There are also two cruises especially for families, which are slightly shorter at 2½ hours and will have children’s activities on board on Sunday May 29 and Saturday June 4, costing £15 for an adult, £7.50 for a child or £37.50 for a family.

For further information, contact Kim Smales on 850959, or visit the RSPB website at www.rspb.org.uk/datewithnature.