July is usually all about the Puffins at Bempton. But this year the owls gave our puffins a run for their money! A little owl even put in an appearance on the Golden Hour Photo Walk in Malham. But in truth, it was a rare guest appearance from a Black Browed Albatross appearing half an hour before the Bempton Cliffs photo walk was a real highlight. Top Spot of the month though has to be two young curlew fledgelings on a Walk with Nature. Our Curlews are in real trouble with chick survival less than 1% in places, so to see two healthy fledgers was a real and all-too-rare sight.
After several months of lockdown, it was great to have such a busy month of safe, socially distant events. The events were run with very limited spaces which made them even more special for each group.
As well as the Bempton Photo Walks and Malham, we kicked off the new Walks with Nature series with several owl walks, kingfisher and otter walks. These walks are designed for people to simply walk and enjoy nature rather than photographing it (although cameras are always welcome). I also delivered several private lessons in the Ilkley area and it was great to get back to the tailored and detailed, face to face teaching which I love so much.
A hectic month but a real breath of fresh air and we're nearly halfway through August already!
Here's some of the highlights from July in pictures...