Some of the county’s most captivating wildlife encounters will be beamed to millions of TV viewers tonight (Friday 3) as the BBC Springwatch programme comes to East Yorkshire.
The hugely popular BBC 2 nature show, hosted by Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games will bring some of the county’s amazing wildlife to the small screen – from the perennially popular puffin to what lies beneath the waves of Yorkshire’s rockpools.
The team will be based at the brand new RSPB Bempton Cliffs Seabird Centre for the live show, but will also be out and about exploring along the dramatic coastline of the Flamborough Headland, including heading down to the surf at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas Centre.
Springwatch at Easter will be on BBC 2 on Good Friday 3 April from 9pm.
The show arrives as East Yorkshire’s reputation grows as a top wildlife watching destination in the UK, with countless iconic sought-after species all waiting to be discovered in an area known as the ‘Yorkshire Nature Triangle’.
From spectacular seabird ‘cities’ along the 400ft chalk cliffs of Bempton and Flamborough, to increasing numbers of otters, barn owls and red kites, to the bird migration meccas of Spurn Point and vast wetlands along the Humber estuary, the wide array of habitats on offer is thought to be behind the region’s popularity with both wildlife and visitors.
As always, the show won’t be shying away from the big-hitting wildlife stories with Chris investigating the changing nature of the vast seabird colony at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, finding out why its gannets and guillemots are booming whilst the kittiwakes and puffins are declining in the face of rising sea temperatures.
Just a short hop down the coast, Michaela will be joining the local Flamborough Bird Observatory to follow up on exciting sightings at this critical time of spring migration, and heading out with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust in the hope of meeting the secretive residents of the myriad rock pools at South Landing.
Martin Hughes-Games and Simon King will also be out on intrepid expeditions across the rest of the UK, tracking wildlife as varied as badgers, avocets and marsh harriers, along with ‘mad’ march hares.
Tom Marshall, from the Yorkshire Nature Triangle project said: “Those of us here in Yorkshire have long known we’ve had some of Britain’s best-kept wildlife secrets hidden away between those dramatic chalk cliffs and the mighty Humber estuary.
“The puffins will undoubtedly always be the stars of the show, but we hope that the Springwatch at Easter special will bring just a taste of what we have to offer here to a brand new audience. Few people realise that we have some of Britain’s most charismatic creatures making a home in the same stunning Yorkshire scenery that brought millions to enjoy the Tour de France last year.”
Keith Clarkson, the RSPB Bempton Cliffs Site Manager, added: “We are delighted to be hosting the BBC Springwatch team and the timing couldn’t be better as the programme coincides with the opening of both the RSPB’s superb new Seabird Centre and fully accessible cliff-top viewpoints at Bempton Cliffs and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s wonderful Living Seas Centre at South Landing.”
You can find out more about all of the locations in the show – and plenty more wildlife to enjoy in the Yorkshire Nature Triangle by visiting www.yorkshirenaturetriangle.org.uk or follow the action on Twitter @VisitYNT or follow the show @bbcspringwatch