As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Jet ski riders may have hurt protected seabirds at RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Jet ski riders have been spotted driving into large flocks of protected seabirds resting on waters below the RSPB Bempton Cliffs nature reserve.

Some witnesses to the incident earlier this month were even concerned a few birds, currently in their breeding season, were injured by the impact.

It is not the first incident of its kind and according to Keith Clarkson, site manager at the RSPB Bempton Cliffs reserve jet skis should be banned from the waters below the cliffs during the breeding season.

“I was on the Yorkshire Belle last weekend and we were shocked to see the jet skiers just going straight through the flocks of birds without any attempt to avoid them whatsoever,” said Mr Clarkson.

He explained the sea below the cliffs where the birds nest is a critical part of their habitat as it is where they socialise, clean and even breed.

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