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Living: Puffins at Bempton Cliffs


As we were eating our toast this morning and getting the stills warmed up for the day, we heard a great piece about Puffins in County Antrim on Radio 4 and it made us think a bit closer to home.

As with the Gannets in our logo and on our bottles, this part of the Yorkshire Coast is home to a very large Puffin colony, at the nearby RSPB reserve Bempton Cliffs at the Southern end of Filey Bay.

The team there do fantastic work, preserving the environment so that the Puffins return year after year in good numbers. With the Easter holidays fast approaching, we think they’re a brilliant place to visit both as a one-off if you’re local, or to coincide with a trip to the Distillery! It’s about 6 miles as the crow (Puffin) flies, but takes about 20 minutes as it’s on small roads.

As we write this (27th March 2023) a few Puffins have been spotted already, with more expected to join over the next few weeks. The usual times for Puffins to be breeding on the cliffs is mid-April to mid-July.

Here are some pictures taken at the reserve late summer last year (unfortunately, the Puffins had already left by then).

Main image photography credit: Ellen Leach, via the RSPB Bempton Cliffs Archive

Bempton Cliffs RSPB Reserve Filey Bay Whisky at Bempton Cliffs Gannets at RSPB Bempton Cliffs

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