VISITORS enjoyed a guided tour of a Yorkshire beauty spot - although suffered a sinking feeling along the way.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust held the first of its "Spurn Safari" tours at Spurn Point on Saturday, but the 24 visitors had to evacuate the ex-army "unimog" vehicle used for the tour after it became stuck in sand.

They continued on foot while a tractor was called to rescue the vehicle in time for the latter part of the tour.

The tourists were given a guided talk about the peninsula, on the Humber on the east coast, including about its history as a military base; its wildlife; and last December's devastating sea surge, which destroyed the road and made it inaccessible for cars.

Guide Andy Mason said the closure of the road was already benefitting wildlife. As well as being a haven for birds and wildflowers, there are also deer on the peninsula.

The unimog became stuck early on the tour but was pulled free and the group was able to get back on later on and a smoother route back was found.

The second Spurn Safari is from noon to 2pm next Saturday. The cost £10 a head and places must be booked by phoning 01904 659570 or emailing

The nature reserve is also hosting the annual Spurn Migration Festival from September 5 to 7, giving the chance to see the spectacle of birds beginning their autumn migration. For ticket information or to book, phone 01904 659570 or email