My love for Spurn and the surrounding area just grows more and more each year having only gone for the first time a couple of years ago. But saying that, there’s been a lot of contraversy around the development of the area, but as they say you cannot judge a book by its cover! Having the opportunity to go on one of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Spurn Safari’s to The Point and learn about what they do, the history of the place and its potential was truly inspiring.
Myself, George and Dan booked in and boarded the unimog near the Warren after first hearing about what we would be going to see on our Safari and learning about the area first. We were guided by the excellent Andrew who delivered the facts in a very interesting way which was very much engaging to the crowd that was with us. It was really great to see that the unimog was full and to get a better understanding of how it operates and the route that it takes, on the way down past the breach which separates Spurn Point from the mainland at high tide, we saw a number of people walking along the beach with a rope over one side to protect roosting and feeding waders.
The first stop of our tour was to the Spurn Lighthouse! Something that is iconic to the area but somewhere I have never been to before. It was amazing to listen to Andrew tell the story of the people who used to work there, we got to have some time to explore the Lighthouse by ourselves and luckily they have some exhibitions on so was great to see some art too. Each floor had a different room to see the wildlife, the history and the art rooms with a great room with a sound recording playing, it was then a chance to climb up the steeper steps to reach the viewing room at the very top – the view was outstanding!
After exploring around the Lighthouse, we parked the unimog near the Lifeboat station where a crew still lives although their families departed before the breach happened. The group and the tour from here was primarily focused on the history and heritage of the area with lots on information gives about the bunkers and turrets down the Point and what happened during the war. It was very much interesting but couldn’t help but get distracted by the rich diversity of wildlife to be found!
Everywhere you looked there was something to watch. Whilst learning about the turrets a female Kestrel was hunting around the wildlife fields which look amazing during the summer months but had just gone over before our tour.
Once we had visited the floral areas, we then began our walk to the the beach through the trees which proved a brilliant idea! Walking along, there was Emperor Dragonflies darting around our heads, the warm weather certainly helped with these as so many were out looking for food and a water body to lay their eggs in.
Nearing the end of our trek towards the beach, we were somewhat lagging behind the group as we stopped at every opportunity to look at the wildlife around the paths. Standing on top of the old defence, the bushes below were covered with butterflies! Red Admirals, Peacocks, Meadow Browns, Small Whites, they were all fluttering around feeding which was a huge delight to the group just watching them. Along the path back from the defence, we noticed Cinnabar Moth Caterpillars feeding on all the Ragwort so again a chance to stop and admire and take some pictures! While we stopped to watch some Swallows and House Martins feeding on the fields, the rest of the group walked slightly further to see some more war remains.
Overall the experience was great. It was really lovely to hear about the heritage and history of the site and somewhat brings you closer to the area, we were quite happy to watch wildlife whilst walking along with the group and listening to Andrew and really hope for the best in the development of the site!