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52 Ways to Enjoy Robin Hood’s Bay: #45 Bird Watch

52 Ways to Enjoy Robin Hood’s Bay: #45 Bird Watch

Bird Watch

Do you love to get outdoors?

Do you love to get out in nature?

Do you love to observe and spot wildlife?

Read on to find out about Bird Watching in Robin Hood’s Bay. 

Robin Hood’s Bay

Perched on the coast between the surrounding cliffs of Scarborough and Whitby sits a Bay. The backdrop of the Bay is an old Yorkshire fishing village. This is Robin Hood’s Bay, the gem on the picturesque coastal edge of the North York Moors National.

Built on a steep hill the old 17th Century village heads down to the Bay. Winding streets, steep steps and cobbled alleyways make up what was once called Baytown. A maze of a village it’s easy to get lost here in Robin Hood’s Bay. Just all part of the magic of what makes it so special.

Robin Hood’s Bay harbours a deep rooted history of smuggling. The Kings Beck, cottage cellars, secret passages and snickets all helped with the illicit activities. Smuggling of Rum, Tea, Silk and Tobacco. There wasn't a person in the village that didn't participate in the illegal activities. Be it the smuggling, hiding, transporting or protecting of the secret goings on.

Legend has it that contraband could leave the Bay and reach the top of the village without ever seeing daylight.You can still see evidence of Robin Hood’s Bay’s smuggling past to this day and you can learn more at the local museum.

Where to Bird Watch in Robin Hood’s Bay

It is possible to Bird Watch all around Robin Hood’s Bay:

The Village, nooks crannies and rooftops

The Beach

The Cleveland Way

The Cinder Track

The Moorland 

What Birds to Spot in Robin Hood’s Bay

Choose to bird watch on the beach and you are surrounded by so much. Dramatic cliffs. Moorland. An expanse of rugged Jurassic beach, this is the Dinosaur Coast after all. The tumbling old 17th century village with its beautiful architecture and red pantile rooftops. The great, powerful North Sea. You are quite literally immersed in nature.

So, what types of birds are you likely to see?

If you are lucky you may get to spot the Heron that visits regularly. You will find him hanging around on the scaurs in amongst all the rockpools. With his long legs and crane neck he’s quite easy to spot.

You’ll find Oyster Catchers along the beach. They can be identified by their black upper feathers and white underbelly. They also have a long reddish orange beak.

Cormorants can be spotted bobbing on the waves or sitting on rocks along the beach. They are black in colour with a long neck and a golden coloured beak. You will see them diving into and up from the water or casually hanging around wings outstretched.

You’ll see various types of Gulls. Large and small varieties.

Around the village you will spot Wagtails, Goldfinch and lot’s more Gulls. As Spring comes the Gulls will take full residence on the rooftops as they prepare for their young. The way Robin Hood’s Bay is built it’s quite often possible to look out over rooftops. Here you will see lots of nests and it can be really fun to watch as the eggs become chicks. The chicks grow, eventually moving around the rooftops as they increase in size and confidence. Till eventually they fly the nest.

Basic Kit

You won’t need a lot of kit if any at all but a pair of binoculars will always come in handy. Here's our list of basic kit:



Notebook & Pen (waterproof is best)

Guides: Coastal Wildlife of the North York Moors

Moorland Wildlife of the North York Moors

Fylingdales Moor on the North York Moors

North York Moors National Park Wildlife Watch




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Safety Tips

Here are some Safety Tips to help you enjoy the coast in the best way possible. We have also included some useful links further down the page with further Safety Tips from the Professionals.

We don’t like Don'ts here at Baytown Holiday Cottages. Here are a few Do’s to make sure you have fun, an enjoyable and safe time here on the coast:

Do wear good sturdy waterproof footwear with good grip when on long walks

Do layer up especially in winter

Do take a fully charged mobile phone

Do take a camera to record your coastal fun

Do read the safety boards at the top of the Slipway in the Dock of Robin Hood’s Bay

Do check the Tide Times – if you’re unsure ask a local

Do try to head out when the tide is going out for longer days at the beach

Do walk or sit a good safe distance away from the cliffs, they are prone to very dangerous rock falls

Do watch your step the rocks and seaweed can be slippery

Do avoid picking up needles, glass, other sharp objects and dead animals – Do report all of these if you find any of them if beach cleaning

Do be careful when handling rock pool creatures as some may nip, bite or sting

Do watch out for Adders on the coastal paths and moorland areas and seek medical or vet attention immediately if bitten

Do keep dogs on leads near to shear drops and cliff edges

Do keep dogs on leads on the moorland particularly in bird breeding season

Do have lots of fun


Relaxing Coastal Escapes in Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire.

Sam and Sian have been helping you make memories and relax on the coast since April 2017.

Baytown Holiday Cottages is a small North Yorkshire Booking Agency specialising in the Robin Hood’s Bay area of the North York Moors National Park.

Two locals who know the area and the cottages inside Out. Their home, their workplace and their playground. Helping you find your escape by the sea.

So, why not stay for a while in one of the Best Robin Hood’s Bay Holiday Cottages.

Smaller properties are available from 2 nights and the larger properties from 3 nights. All dependent on the time of year. All of our cottages are priced accordingly throughout the year. All of our properties feature in size order. Largest to smallest as you scroll down the Accommodation Page.

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