View Parent Location

Flamborough Head East Yorkshire

Latest Rarities in East Yorkshire

* Bird News Pro and Bird News Ultimate subscribers receive full sighting details.

View all sighting reports for Flamborough Head

Latest Photo

Flamborough Head from the southeast seaward-side with <a href="/birdnews/species.asp?sp=60001">Great Skua</a> in the foreground
Bill Haines
Flamborough Head from the southeast seaward-side with Great Skua in the foreground

Site Location Details

Site location details and google satellite image for Flamborough Head

Please click on the map icon below to load Flamborough Head in your preferred map

Site Details

Flamborough Head is a large promontory jutting out 6 miles into the North Sea. The geographical position of the Head ensures that it is arguably the best seawatching location in Britain, rivalled perhaps only by some of the Cornish sites. The Head also acts as a magnet for migrants, and the numerous areas of cover frequently yield rare and scarce migrants. Migrants can turn up anywhere on the Head, though some sites habitually attract the quality birds.

Birding Sites in the Flamborough Head Area

Additional Site Details


From Bridlington look for signs to Flamborough and the B1255. From Flamborough village continue east on the B1259 to the lighthouse car park.


There are car parks at the lighthouse, North Landing and Thornwick Bay, plus others at South landing and Danes Dyke.

Key Areas / Routes

Migrants can turn up anywhwere on the Head, though some sites habitually attract the quality birds. The Bay Brambles just to the north of the lighthouse are worth a look under fresh fall conditions TA255707, as are the gardens on by the car park (but respect the privacy of the residents). Old Fall Hedge and Old Fall Wood have an impeccable pedigree for rarities TA248699 and a footpath runs alongside the hedge from the B1259 to the cliff path; the roadside pool beside the B1259 also attracts migrants. The private golf course just to the north of the lighthouse car park can be productive early morning TA252710 and is viewable from the cliff path. Other areas also regularly attract migrants. The well-vegetated ravine at South Landing can entertain birders for a whole day TA231693, as can the southern end of Danes Dyke TA215694 - most birders concentrate on the extreme southern section, but the northern end of Danes Dyke has much potential and is underwatched. Other areas include North Landing TA239720 and nearby Thornwick Bay. During a summer visit the seabirds on Breil Nook near North Landing are notable TA246719.

Site Photographs

If you would like to suggest a photo for this site, please email a copy to along with the website address for this page. A member of our team will review your photograph for suitability and will credit the image to you (unless you request otherwise).

Best regards,

The BirdGuides Team.

Most Recent Gallery Photos

View all recent gallery photos

Upload an image to our gallery

British & Irish Records Archive Flamborough Head

All Records (Accepted, Rejected, Pending). To filter/search please enter a phrase. E.g. To filter Rejected records, type Rejected into the Search box, all columns can be filtered.

British & Irish Records Archive is only available to our BirdGuides Ultimate or our BirdGuides Pro subscribers.
Please login or subscribe to view this information.

Online Rare Birds Listing
Search the British & Irish Records Archive