Bempton Cliffs recently received a cheque for over £200 from an enterprising team of youngsters taking part in Humberside Police’s Lifestyle project. The Wombles team, consisting of Robin, Tom, Daniel and Ted from Beverley, raised the money by carrying out a number of fundraising events in the local area. Their initial idea was to have a cake sale to raise money to buy the materials needed to build bird boxes. Due to the kindness of a supplier however, the materials were provided for free and so the team were able to donate the money from both the cake sale and the sale of the bird boxes they made.
As well as these money making schemes the boys also decided to do their bit for wildlife too. They built their own bug hotel to attract insects and other creatures and they created some tasty treats for their garden birds out of pine cones, lard, raisins and seeds.
Here at Bempton we were really impressed to hear about all the hard work the boys put in and we all want to say a HUGE thank you for the money they donated. Steve Race (our Community, Education and Outreach Officer) was lucky enough to be able to meet all four lads and have the cheque presented in person as you can see from the photo below. We also want to say a big thank you to the family, friends and contacts of the team who we know also put in a lot of hard work. The money raised by the Wombles will go towards important conservation work on the reserve.
If you’re interested in making an insect refuge or creating your own bird treats, keep an eye out for our ‘Feed the Birds Day’ event on the website or on facebook. Weather permitting we will be out and about on the reserve with activities and advice for those of you interested in giving your garden birds and insects a helping hand this winter.
Sorry for my dreadful use of the English language there, but i'm trying to draw your attention to the REYTA's, or the Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards. Bempton Cliffs is up for an award in the 'Remarkable Experience' category and we'd really like your vote. All you have to do is click the link below and vote for Bempton. You don't have to give any details and you'd be doing us a huge favour.
We'd like to say a huge thank you to those who have already voted and a huge thank you in advance to those of you who will. The RSPB is nothing without the support of it's members and well-wishers and we really appreciate everything you do for us.
Bempton had 24% of the vote at 9:30 this morning, which means we're in second place. We've got a long way to go but we're going to fight for it!
This weekend we’ll be spotting something other than birds on the reserve.
As part of the National Whale and Dolphin Watch, experienced watcher Emma Howe-Andrews will be on the reserve to observe and record any passing porpoises, dolphins and whales. Visitors are welcome to join her on the cliff tops on Sunday 29 July,between10am and 2pm, and do their bit to help protect these fabulous creatures.
This is the 11th year the watch has been held, helping to build a picture of the cetaceans (whales, dolphins and harbour porpoises’ posh name) that are living or visiting our coastal waters. Any sightings will be added to the national database that is used by government and other conservation groups, and helps develop effective conservation policies.
A total of 29 species of whales, dolphins and porpoise have been seen in UK waters including a dwarf sperm whale seen in UK waters for the first time last year.
If you have time to spare, assisting Emma is a great way to whale away an hour or so (oooh, sorry).