Sunday, 10 February 2013

The Living Seas Centre YWT, 10 February 2013

Cold, raining, windy.

A perfect day for the beach and a nosey at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's brand new Living Seas Centre at South Landing, Flamborough. On arrival we wrapped up in several hundred layers to try and insulate ourselves from the howling easterly blowing straight up the valley from Bridlington Bay and headed down the road to the beach. Progress was difficult, but we eventually made it on to the beach were the Trust's Ant Hurd was leading a suprisingly-well attended (given the weather) rockpool safari. The guys had done well finding an Eelpout, a fairly unusual fish.

Eelpout (photo borrowed from
A Limpet's-eye view of the cliffs

We had a mooch about the seaweed until the cold and wet forced us to seek shelter back up the valley. On the way back a kind lady showed us two Woodcocks huddled down on the valley side allowing us a rare opportunity to see these birds in broad daylight.

 A Woodcock hunkers down out of the biting wind

The Living Seas Centre sits in the footprint of the former heritage coast centre that was burnt down a few years ago at the entrance to South Landing car park. The original building had been a heritage centre but was then turned into a cafe for a few years before an arsonist destroyed it. Thanks to the vision of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, they entrusted YWT to reopen this as a base for its Living Seas work. A few months on and the centre looks fabulous. It is brilliant for families, with lots of activities and wonderful displays to enjoy inside, plus very friendly staff and volunteers and a great coffee machine! The kids enjoyed a couple of hours inside, making cardboard crabs, colouring and checking out the bubble booth and interactive floor! The Trust will be running loads of outdoor events from here - like today's safari - so there will be lots of stuff to get involved in. Here are a few views...

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