Each year, Bempton’s towering chalk cliffs come alive from March to October as nearly half a million seabirds fl ock to this stretch of stunning Heritage Coast. Gannets, puffi ns, kittiwakes, guillemots and razorbills pile onto precarious ledges to lay their eggs. The sight, sounds and smells of the UK’s largest mainland seabird colony make for an unforgettable experience. Inside the Seabird Centre you can enjoy drinks and snacks and get a bird’s-eye view of the action, as our screens show live footage of nesting seabirds on the cliff face. Every season brings something new. In summer, red campion blooms paint the cliffs in striking shades and brilliant butterfl ies waltz from fl ower to fl ower. The occasional orchid adds an extra splash of colour. In winter, mists may sweep the cliffs, with hunting barn and short-eared owls gliding silently out of it. This brief moment of peace and quiet makes exploring the cliff-top paths a great escape from it all.