Spurn Point Nature Reserve
By Josh Harrison |

Spurn National Nature Reserve is a unique area on the Yorkshire Coast. Best known for it's iconic lighthouse and a prime area to observe migratory birds, this penninsula extends three miles but is only 50 metres wide in some sections and during high tides it can be cut off completely. It used to be possible to drive down but a large storm in 2013 washed away a large peice of the road and since then access has been by foot or bicycle. However the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust who own the site also run 'Spurn Safaris' with a large ex-miltary Unimog if you're unable to walk that far.

Spurn Point Lighthouse
The View From Spurn Point Lighthouse

Landscape Photography

I hadn't been to Spurn in a couple of years so as it was a nice day yesterday I made the journey there to have a walk round and take advantage of the great landscape photography oppoturnities. At certain times the lighthouse is open to the public and you can climb to the top, although I didn't realise you only have access inside the dome at the top so I had to try and get creative with the view through the leaded windows. You can explore countless angles to photograph the lighthouse with views out to the North Sea at one side and views of the Humber Estuary on the other. I also took along my LEE Filters for some long exposure photos as the evening light looked amazing. Below is a 30 second exposure looking out over the North Sea. View More Landscape Photography.

Wildlife Photography

One of my main goals yesterday was to find some Lizards which I've seen there before but never got any good photos off. Although it was a bit cooler I did manage to find a couple near the lighthouse but once again they quickly disappeared into the grass before I got any photos. The main wildlife attraction is usually the bird life with the annual Spurn Migration Festival attracting hundreds of birders to the area. You may also be lucky enough to see Seals along the beach at certain times of year. One thing to watch out for are the silk webs of the Brown Tail Moth Caterpillar which are usually harmless but their hairs can cause respiratory problems and allergic reactions.

Visiting Spurn Point

It's a bit of a drive down but it's easy enough to access with a parking area at the Spurn Discovery Centre. You can start your walk or bike from here and find all the information you need. For information on booking the Spurn Safaris and tide times etc you should visit the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Website here.

As well as Spurn Point itself there are other area's like Kilnsea Wetlands which is on the way to Spurn Point which can also be worth visiting at certain times of year. View On Google Maps.

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