Flamborough Head/Bempton Cliffs Win Birdwatching Site of the Year
Birdwatch magazine has just announced its birding ‘Oscars’ for 2021 in its February edition. And Flamborough Head/Bempton Cliffs has taken the prestigious Birdwatching Site of the Year title.
The Birders’ Choice Awards, is voted for by readers of the popular magazine. And amongst other winners was Chris Packham, who was named Conservation Hero of the Year.
“A worthy winner”
The magazine described the East Yorkshire site as a ‘worthy winner’ of Birdwatching Site of the Year. It got the accolade due to offering great sea-watching and spectacular visible migration. And it was noted for being the ‘adopted’ home of a black-browed albatross. The bird spent weeks on the cliffs last year.
RSPB Bempton Cliffs Site Manager is Dave O’Hara, and he explained further why this is a special place for birders. “This stunning stretch of the Yorkshire coastline attracts a broad range of seabirds and migrants and is extremely popular with the birding community. The fact that the birds come here in such numbers is, in part, due to the continued conservation work of organisations such as the RSPB. With the support of local groups such as Flamborough Bird Observatory, we aim not just to win awards but to win the fight against the national decline in seabird numbers.”
Birdwatch magazine also has a global reach and is bought in 45 countries. These annual awards are voted for by the magazine’s readers.
Communications Officer, Maria Prchlik, added: ‘To win a people’s vote is a real accolade. It means that we’ve connected with birdwatchers who are out in the field day in, day out, rain and shine, binoculars in hand. We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who voted for us.’