Posts Tagged ‘Spurn Head’

Local Residents oppose Visitor Centre at Spurn Point

We don’t want to be classified like species or laboratory specimens – we’re neither ‘migrant’ nor ‘indigenous’ – we are ordinary people and we want back control of our livelihoods and back yards protected also! 

A great deal of time and money is being spent by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust YWT on converting Spurn Point into a nature reserve – including the proposed Visitor Centre and Lighthouse. Local residents are all concerned about being overwhelmed by the pace and opposed to the nature of the ‘condescending’ development of the site. Local cafe’s pubs and hotels run by locals will be likely made redundant they fear, following on from arable land lost to farming and the recent floods.

Cruel irony indeed that the price they pay for having offshore wind turbines ‘in their back yards’ will be loss of local enterprise as the development aid floods in – but it’s not for their benefit – it’s spent for on behalf of them, but never with or for their direct benefit or economic self-determination! The whole area will loose its character and the unique wilderness of Spurn will be tamed!

The Yin and Yang of the Spurn Peninsula (technically known as a spit)

Referring to the photo: –

The North Sea (left) can be considered male and rampant (stormy waves and wind) ;  the Humer Estuary (right) calm and female (becalmed – like a millpond)!

It is also a very flat place where imalances and contrasts are equalised by nature, tides and the Moon – giving walkers a unique focus for contemplation and observation as they walk around, taking-in or getting ‘the Point’ – as it’s localy known – very Zen!



A battle against time and the elements to get adequate defences in place is taking place at Kilnsea, the gateway to Spurn Point.

Coastal defences are finally taking shape at Kilnsea!

After a narrow escape from September’s “Spring Tides” (occurring in the autumn and spring months as previously reported), Kilnesea gets a reprieve from further flooding ahead of the spring tides in March.

Spurn Head is now an Island!

Over the last few years, the roadway connecting Spurn Head with the mainland has been washed away completely, leaving a thin causeway of sand and pebbles to walk on which is only accessible at low tide and by 4 x 4s! Keeping access to key services is seen as important – which means keeping the road open through Kilnsea.

Preserving Human as well as wildlife settlements, homes, livelihoods, farmland, and services is now seen as a funding and support priority.

As well as recognising the need for flooding to promote wildlife and natural resources, the different interests are collaborating to complete the tidal defences at Kilnsea ..

Although the defences do not yet form a complete unbroken barrier to flooding, they are sheduled to be completed in a unique collaboration between the East Riding County Council the VBA and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust in 2015