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In pictures: Spectacular seabirds nesting at Bempton Cliffs

More than 250,000 birds are hatching their eggs and raising their chicks at the North Yorkshire RSPB reserve.

The seabird breeding season is in full swing at one North Yorkshire RSPB reserve, with more than 250,000 seabirds picking the picturesque Bepton Cliffs to rear their eggs and chicks.

Press Association photographer Danny Lawson captured some of the characters who make the chalk cliffs such a draw for bird watchers.

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As the sun rises over the reserve, birds are already on the wing looking for mates (Danny Lawson/PA)
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Gannets are some of the most populous birds (Danny Lawson/PA)
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Kittiwakes also find spots on the chalk cliffs (Danny Lawson/PA)
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From April to August the cliffs are alive with nest-building adults (Danny Lawson/PA)
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Gannet chicks also make the cliffs their first home (Danny Lawson/PA)
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Despite the sheer nature of their first home (Danny Lawson/PA)
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A kittiwake balances carefully (Danny Lawson/PA)
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Gannets can be quite territorial (Danny Lawson/PA)
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But there is almost enough space to go around (Danny Lawson/PA)

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