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The coast comes to life this Easter as Springwatch special comes to RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Last modified: 26 March 2015

Puffin with sandeels in beak

Puffin's are one of many seabirds that can be seen at Bempton Cliffs

Image: Chris Gomersall

The RSPB is delighted to host this year’s 2015 Springwatch at Easter from the spectacular Bempton Cliffs nature reserve. Join us in celebrating the natural beauty of the Yorkshire coast and tune in this Good Friday, 3 April, at 9pm on BBC2.

In spring the Bempton Cliffs reserve becomes the best place in England to see a number of fascinating seabirds.  Massive colonies create a cacophony of bird calls as the air fills with gannets, guillemots, razorbills and puffins preparing to nest. 

Alongside the colony, Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan will tell the stories of these amazing birds and the trials and tribulations met when raising chicks on the cliff’s narrow, rocky ledges. 

Join Chris as he discovers the reasons behind the rise and fall of some of the reserve’s star species in the face of rising sea temperatures. He’ll investigate why Britain’s biggest seabird, the magnificent, goose-sized gannet, has boomed on the cliffs; and will look in to why other species are in decline 

Follow Michaela, who’s heading out to sea with staff from the RSPB, the local Bird Observatory and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, as she spots migratory birds off the coast of nearby Flamborough Head. She’ll also be searching for a strange and mysterious fish, the lumpsucker, and following up on some exciting sightings of breeding activity just offshore. 

The show also visits Minsmere, where Martin Hughes-Games will be catching a glimpse of the rare and sky-dancing marsh harriers. And Simon King will be returning to Islay in Scotland, revealing the surprising origin of the Easter Bunny at this special time of year.

The RSPB is the country’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Get involved and inspired, and tune in on Good Friday to discover what beautiful plant and wildlife the UK has to offer.

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