Supporting the Voluntary and Community Sector in the East Riding of Yorkshire

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Spurn Point

Spurn Head, Hull, HU12 0UH
South of Kilnsea
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
01964 650313
Target Audience
Big skies and ever changing wildlife make the evocative landscape of Spurn one of the Trust’s most iconic nature reserves. Whether you go by foot, bike or aboard a Spurn Safari (sorry – no vehicular access down to the Point) visiting is always an adventure.  For birdwatchers, autumn is the arguably the best time to go - alongside the usual migrant willow warblers, chiffchaffs, whitethroats, lesser whitethroats, reed warblers, goldcrests, stonechats, wheatears and redstarts on route to the winter haunts, there is the ever present chance that a real rarity will be blown off course. Offshore, Manx and sooty shearwaters, arctic and great skuas can be seen migrating along the coast, and the very lucky few may spot a whale on its autumn migration - even a humpback whale has been seen off Spurn! Spring sees the northbound migration, with the first signs being the movement of black redstarts and meadow pipits, soon followed by the arrival of more familiar springtime migrants of sand martins, swallows, and wheatears. Spurn is no less impressive in the winter months, with wading birds like knot, dunlin and bar-tailed godwits gathering together in huge swirling flocks numbering in their thousands as they gather to feed on the rich mudflats of the Humber Estuary. These large gatherings in turn attract aerial predators such as peregrines and merlins, with the occasional hen harrier drifting by as they venture out from their winter feeding areas on the salt marshes of the Humber. The bracing walks, unique estuary views and seascapes are among the very best in the region. Come the summer months, the scratchy song of whitethroats can be heard from the bush tops, whilst pink pyramidal orchids add their colour to the yellow rattle and bird's-foot trefoil that grow in the grasslands, notably along Chalk Bank. These grasslands are cared for by conservation grazing – keep an eye out for the diminutive black Hebridean sheep flock grazing, or even one of the wild roe deer that pick their way carefully through the grass. Butterflies are joined by day-flying moths such as cinnabars, burnet moths and occasionally hummingbird hawk-moths among the dunes and grassland. Dragonflies, including the UK’s largest, the emperor, and the rare red-veined darter can often be seen in the wet scrapes. Look out to sea for the rare little tern flying past on its way to a local breeding site, or even the inquisitive stare of a grey seal as its head bobs above the water.   High tides transform Spurn Point into Yorkshire’s only island – so please check the tide times in the Downloads section below carefully to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable visit.   Spurn is truly a site for all seasons, but arguably one of its best wildlife highlights is the spring and autumn spectacle of bird migration. Due to the exposed and recognisable coastal location, visible migration can be often be seen in action as birds head