South Landing Local Nature Reserve

South Landing Local Nature Reserve


A Unique and Special Place

South Landing is a 34 acre nature reserve on Flamborough Headland. It features a peaceful wooded ravine, a pretty wild flower meadow, high sea cliffs and beach. From the cliff tops, there are panoramic sea views due south, an unusual experience on the Yorkshire Coast. It is part of the Flamborough Headland Heritage Coast.


In 2002 South Landing was designated a Local Nature Reserve in recognition of its wildlife value and importance to the local community.

South Landing is the likely location of a medieval harbour which existed from the early 14th Century to the late 16th Century. Several artefacts on the reserve including anchor and burial stone originate from the area. Local heritage is important at South Landing. The distinctive Whale Bridge on the reserve features the names of Whale species and the name of local cobbles. Some of these small fishing boats are still working today

Reserve Management

South Landing is Managed by the country access team. Our goal is to balance recreational activities with conserving wildlife. The nature Trail, along with the rest of the Heritage Coast is a great place to discover wild flowers, with over 350 species recorded. In the meadow colourful vetches and marsh orchids bloom, in the woods yellow celendine and primroses are scattered amongst the trees and on the cliffs pretty pink thrift flowers thrive.


The wood contains many dead elm trees which have succumbed to Dutch Elm disease. This dead wood provides an excellent wildlife habitat and is left standing to benefit invertebrates, birds and bats. Listen out for the Great Spotted Woodpeckers hammering on the tree trunks. The reserve also hosts an important colony of tree sparrows, whose numbers have declines across the country by 95%. Tree Sparrows have beautiful chestnut-coloured heads and black spot on their cheek.

Things to do

  • Nature Trails and sea views
  • Wildlife Watching
  • Seashore Rock Pooling
  • Flamborough Lifeboat Station

Visitor Information

Opening times: Open every day of the Year
Car Park: Pay and display charges apply all year, large car park
Public Toilets: Living Seas centre in Car park, Public toilets at Danes Dyke (1 Mile)  and Flamborough Lighthouse car Park (2 Miles)
Accessibility: The nature trail has a firm surface and is step free. Access to the beach is via a steep flight of 75 steps from the trail. Alternatively walk from the car park down the steep road to the lifeboat station. There is no parking here.
Refreshments: Picnic tables on the reserve 00m from the car park, hot drinks machine at Living Seas Centre. Many cafes and pubs in Flamborough and Bridlington.
Dogs: Keep your dogs under close control and do not disturb wildlife or other visitors. Please clean up after your dog.

Useful Contacts:

Countryside Officer: (01482) 395208
Police: Non – Emergency Number 101
Tourist Information: (01482) 673474
East Riding Of Yorkshire Council: (01482) 393939

South Landing Local Nature Reserve

S Sea Rd,
YO15 1AE

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