Meet the Guides: Yorkshire Coast Nature

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Yorkshire Coast Nature (YCN) is dedicated to providing unforgettable wildlife experiences for nature-lovers from all over the world. Our small-group tours explore one of England’s most beautiful and inspiring regions, the rugged north-east coast and the forests and moorlands of the North York Moors National Park.

Our team of knowledgeable and enthusiastic nature guides and skilled wildlife and landscape photographers all live locally and know the region and its wildlife inside out. YCN offers tours and workshops for everyone from beginners to the more experienced.

Yorkshire Coast Nature group tour.

Yorkshire Coast Nature group tour.

Our ethos

At YCN we make it a policy to help the wildlife and places from which we derive so much enjoyment. We allocate significant company resources to local and national conservation projects. In 2011 for example, YCN and its parent company Wold Ecology Ltd donated £3,000 to local projects! We believe that you, our clients, come away with a richer experience knowing that your valuable funds help increase habitat quality for wildlife.

To find out more about how we give back, visit our Conservation Projects blog at

Our guides

Richard Baines of YNC

Richard Baines works as an ecologist and is lead tour guide at Yorkshire Coast Nature, UK. Since 1990 he has led numerous countryside events and walks and delivered many talks on birds and conservation, taking great personal pleasure in showing thousands of people the wonders of Yorkshire’s wildlife. While his specialist interests are birds and macro-moths, Richard’s tours also look at mammals, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, trees and flowers.

Richard’s travels and professional work have taken him from surveys of rare breeding birds in northern Scotland and the boreal forests of Russia to birding hot spots in Asia, Africa and the Americas. He is also deeply involved as a volunteer with local wildlife projects.

Richard is passionate about birding. He lives with his wife and teenage son close to the lighthouse at Flamborough Head, East Yorkshire, an iconic location where many migrant birds make first landfall.

Steve Race of YNC

Steve Race works part-time for the RSPB as a Community Education and Outreach Officer and is lead photographer at Yorkshire Coast Nature. His stunning images are nationally acclaimed and have been featured in many publications. In 2012 he was shortlisted for BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

From his early start with a film camera in the early eighties right up to the digital era of today, Steve has acquired a great eye for wildlife photography. His passion for the natural world shines through on his extremely popular YCN workshops, tours and talks.

Having lived on the Yorkshire coast all his life, Steve has accumulated a vast knowledge of its beautiful habitats and unique wildlife.

Steve loves basketball as well as wildlife and photography. His favourite travel destination to date is Tanzania. He lives in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, with his wife and two young sons.

To find out more about Yorkshire Coast Nature tours and photography workshops and to see a selection of images by Steve and our other photographers, visit

Our specialities

Flamborough. UK.

Flamborough. UK.

We are uniquely placed to access many exciting habitats within a very short distance and thus offer you the chance to enjoy our natural history while leaving a negligible carbon footprint. Flamborough Headland and Spurn Point are two of the best migration hotspots in Britain. Many rare and scarce passerines are found here in autumn and spring, while seabird passage can be exceptional in late summer and autumn. The RSPB’s famous Bempton Cliffs reserve boasts the largest Gannet colony on the mainland. One of our most popular tours is the Seabird Spectacular, with a boat trip to see the thousands of cliff-nesting birds such as Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes and Shags in close proximity, followed by a visit to the reserve. It’s not all scarcities and seabirds though: Barn Owls, Brown Hares and Roe Deer are easily seen year-round, Skylarks are common and Short-eared Owls ghost through on migration.

Richard Baines & Steve RaceShearwaters, skuas, divers, gulls and waders can be seen around Scarborough and Bridlington in autumn and winter. Filey also offers seabirds, as well as seals and migrant birds, while Hornsea Mere is visited by ducks and Little Gulls and is home to many woodland birds.

Otters, Red Grouse and Golden Plover are found in the moors while the North Yorkshire forests are home to Adders and iconic birds such as Nightjars, Long-eared Owls, Goshawks, Kingfishers, Crossbills and Siskins as well as scarce butterflies.

YCN photography workshops are also popular, with acclaimed nature photographer Steve Race (shortlisted for BBC Wildlife Photograph of the year 2012) and marine ecologist George Stoyle, whose underwater and landscape photography has featured in publications worldwide, offering one-to-one and small group sessions to improve your skills in beautiful surroundings.

Tailor-made tours

Gannet © Yorkshire Nature CoastFor those wishing to ‘make the most of the coast’ throughout their stay, YCN organises  bespoke nature holidays incorporating as many special places, species and experiences as you like, with all tours, guiding and transport included.

For the more single-minded, we offer bird rarity-chasing tours in spring and autumn, utilizing our unrivaled network of local contacts and privileged access to migration hotspots to full effect.

Whichever event you choose, we aim to please you with relaxed and enjoyable experiences of Yorkshire’s wildlife and habitats. We are sure that you will take home wonderful memories.

Please contact us and be sure to let us know that Nature Travel Network sent you.

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