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In Pictures: Cliffs come alive with nesting seabirds

Bempton Cliffs are home to species including gannets, puffins and herring gulls.

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A puffin nests at the RSPB nature reserve at Bempton Cliffs (Danny Lawson/PA)

A puffin nests at the RSPB nature reserve at Bempton Cliffs (Danny Lawson/PA)

A puffin nests at the RSPB nature reserve at Bempton Cliffs (Danny Lawson/PA)

More than 250,000 seabirds have flocked to the chalk cliffs at Bempton in East Yorkshire to find a mate and raise their young.

From April to August Bempton Cliffs, which are home to the largest kittiwake colony in mainland Britain, come alive with nest-building adults and young chicks.

Species nesting in the cliffs also include gannets, puffins and herring gulls.

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Gannets nest at the RSPB nature reserve at Bempton Cliffs. The birds arrive at their colonies from January, and leave between August and September, according to the RSPB (Danny Lawson/PA)

Gannets nest at the RSPB nature reserve at Bempton Cliffs. The birds arrive at their colonies from January, and leave between August and September, according to the RSPB (Danny Lawson/PA)

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Gannets nest at the RSPB nature reserve at Bempton Cliffs. The birds arrive at their colonies from January, and leave between August and September, according to the RSPB (Danny Lawson/PA)

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Puffins also nest at Bempton. Adult puffins arrive back at the breeding colony in March and April and leave in mid-August, the RSPB says (Danny Lawson/PA)

Puffins also nest at Bempton. Adult puffins arrive back at the breeding colony in March and April and leave in mid-August, the RSPB says (Danny Lawson/PA)

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Puffins also nest at Bempton. Adult puffins arrive back at the breeding colony in March and April and leave in mid-August, the RSPB says (Danny Lawson/PA)

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A herring gull and chick (Danny Lawson/PA)

A herring gull and chick (Danny Lawson/PA)

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A herring gull and chick (Danny Lawson/PA)

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The sun rises above the RSPB nature reserve at Bempton Cliffs (Danny Lawson/PA)

The sun rises above the RSPB nature reserve at Bempton Cliffs (Danny Lawson/PA)

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The sun rises above the RSPB nature reserve at Bempton Cliffs (Danny Lawson/PA)

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