seabirds workshop

This workshop takes place at RSPB Bempton Cliffs on dates throughout June and July, to coincide with the breeding season of Britains Seabirds. Bempton Cliffs is home to more than 400,000 breeding seabirds including Puffin, Razorbill, Guillemot, Kittiwake, Fulmar and Gannet.

If needed, you will be guided through metering, focusing, and drive modes, as well as shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. We will look at exposure compensation and how to use a histogram, as well as going through a variety of different shooting techniques.

I will cover how to get amazing images of birds in flight, as well as how to make the most of opportunities to capture portrait images of birds on the cliffs, as well as birds interacting with each other.

I will do my best to put you in the right place at the right time so you can obtain a good selection of images.

Gannets by Mark Coventry

I run my workshops on a 1 to 1 basis, in order to give you my undivided attention, but if you would like to book with a friend, I'm happy to conduct a workshop for 2 people at the same time.

This workshop runs for up to 5 hours, to give us time to find suitable subjects and discuss settings and techniques etc.

We will meet early in the morning at a prearranged time.

There is a cafe onsite as well as toilets at the visitor centre.

what to bring

  • Your camera. (Ideally a DSLR or Mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses)
  • Lenses with a focal length of around 500mm and greater would be ideal, or 300-400mm with extender/converter.
  • Tripod.
  • Spare batteries (fully charged) and memory cards.
  • Clothing suitable for the time of year, but as we live in the UK, waterproofs may be needed at any time.
  • Rain covers for your equipment in case of wet weather.
  • Suitable footwear.
  • Food and drink is not supplied, so please bring any refreshments you may require during your workshop.
  • You will need to pay an entry fee if you are not an RSPB Member.

Puffin by Mark Coventry


Workshop Cost: £150 per person. (Maximum of 2 people).

Dates: I have the following dates available for 2023, but if these are not suitable, please contact me to discuss alternative dates throughout June and July, and to make your booking.

12/06/23 Available

13/06/23 Available

14/06/23 Booked

15/06/23 Available

16/06/23 Available

17/06/23 Available

18/06/23 Available

Location: Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire Coast. If coming by car, there is limited parking available, which you will need to pay for unless you are an RSPB member.