East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has described Bempton Cliffs as a “precious National Asset of international significance”.

The MP was speaking after visiting the RSPB Nature reserve at the cliffs.

Sir Greg was given a guided tour of the visitor centre and the cliff-top viewing points by Keith Clarkson, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) site manager at Bempton Cliffs.

Sir Greg was able to observe a number of different birds including guillemots, kittiwakes, gannets and some nesting puffins.

The MP also visited the Dell wooded area and walked along the cliff-top footpath.

The visit follows the Heritage Lottery Fund decision to award the RSPB the sum of £639,700 to improve the visitor experience at Bempton Cliffs, which has been welcomed by the MP.

The grant will enable the refurbishment and extension of the existing building, providing new floor space for welcoming visitors, and which will also be used as an indoor classroom. There will also be fully accessible footpaths from the coach bays to the main and central viewpoint.

The car park will also be redesigned to make additional spaces and a courtyard at the front of the building, whilst at the rear there will be a veranda and covered seating, with views to the cliffs. These plans aim to increase visitor numbers by 10,000 per annum.

Sir Greg said: “A visit to Bempton cliffs is an amazing experience and the decision to make it an even better one is certainly most welcome, not least because it will boost local tourism.”

Sir Greg Knight MP at Bempton cliffs during his recent visit