March 21st, 2012, 06:58 AM
Two free tickets for RSPB seabird cruise - Bridlington
We have two free tickets for the 2012 season of RSPB seabird cruises going out from Bridlington. If any photographer would like to go on one of the cruises listed below and can write up a photo-journal for surfbirds, we would be delighted to offer a couple of free places. First come; first served. Email us at enquiries(at)surfbirds.com
We can't guarantee the weather but the trip leaders will do their best to make it enjoyable for you!
GANNET AND PUFFIN CRUISES
These fantastic cruises, for the novice and expert alike, sail around Flamborough Head and up to the RSPB Reserve at Bempton Cliffs to see the hundreds of thousands of seabirds that battle to raise their young on the 400ft high cliffs. These include the magnificent gannets (Bempton being the only mainland gannetry in the country), the colourful puffins, kittiwakes, razorbills, guillemots and fulmars. The boat gets as close as possible to the cliffs so passengers can almost touch the birds, and the sight, sound (especially the noisy kittiwakes!) and smell of the birds at such close quarters is an experience they will never forget.
These cruises will run on the following dates:
Saturday 5 May at 5.00pm
Saturday 12 May at 9.30am
Sunday 20 May at 4.30pm
Sunday 27 May at 9.30am
Sunday 3 June at 4.30pm
Saturday 9 June at 9.00am
Saturday 16 June at 4.00pm
Sunday 24 June at 9.00am
Saturday 30 June at 4.00pm
Sunday 8 July at 9.00am
Saturday 14 July at 4.00pm
Plus one FAMILY Gannet and Puffin cruises on:
Saturday 2 June at 4.00pm
This cruise will be shorter, at about 2.5 hours, and will be aimed specifically at children and their families, including children's quizzes, special commentary and family competitions.
SKUA AND SHEARWATER CRUISES
These cruises are to give passengers the chance to see migrating seabirds such as skuas, shearwaters, terns and other seabirds including auks and gulls as they start their flights south for the winter. The boat sails up to 3 miles out to sea and birds are tempted to fly close to the boat by the spreading of 'chum', an exciting mix of rotting fish that provides them with a free meal.
They will sail on:
Sunday 2 September at 10.45am
Saturday 8 September at 9.00am
Saturday 15 September at 9.00am
Sunday 23 September at 9.00am
Saturday 29 September at 3.30pm
Saturday 6 October at 9.00am
All the cruises take place aboard the Yorkshire Belle, which leaves from the North Pier at Bridlington Harbour and last about 3 hours for the Gannet and Puffin cruises, and up to 3½ hours for the Skua and Shearwater cruises. Ticket prices have been kept the same as last year at £18.00 per adult, £9.00 per child (under 14) and £45.00 per family (2 adults, 2 children). Tickets for the family cruise are slightly less at £15.00 per adult, £7.50 per child and £37.50 per family.
Volunteer experts from the RSPB's East Yorkshire Local Group are on board each cruise to help everyone get more from their cruise experience by helping with bird identification and other information. They even have binoculars that can be borrowed.
For further details or to book a cruise please telephone Kim Smales on 01262 850959 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
Further details can also be viewed on the RSPB website at either:
http://www.rspb.org.uk/datewithnatur...puffin-cruises for the gannet and puffins, or
http://www.rspb.org.uk/datewithnatur...d-skua-cruises for the skua and shearwaters.