The Puffins Galore! website and ap is now officially live with details of every location for the 42 giant puffins located along the East Yorkshire Coast and country. As well as details about the locations the site includes details of the artists who designed them, what their inspiration for the design was and details of the sponsor for each bird. The ‘spotters guide’ can easily be downloaded and printed copies are available in numerous locations along the coast.

Rick Welton, co-director of Puffins Galore!, said: “Seeing our puffins settling into their new homes is the reward for months of hard work by so many people involved in the project and we are immensely grateful to all of them.

The initial investment and support was provided by Yorkshire Coast BID and project partner Visit East Yorkshire with the aim of raising the area’s profile as a tourist destination.

Artists submitted more than 150 designs in response to a brief setting out three core themes of endangered wildlife of the coasts and seas, the global warming crisis and the growth of green energy, and people and stories of the East Yorkshire coast.

One of the artists is Sarah Dalton who combines her work as an artist with a day job in the Solo Hair Salon in Hull’s Old Town. Sarah designed and painted the first puffin, “The Balance of Threat and Hope”, located at RSPB Bempton.

Sarah said: “The puffin was delivered to my house and just stood in the corner for a week and a half watching us before I got to it. I took a week off work and plugged away at it. I did some pre-experiments to capture what I wanted.

“I wanted it to look completely normal from a distance. Then, as you get closer to it, you see the line drawings coming through and the flecks of glitter reflecting the hidden message of human impact. During lockdown I struggled with creativity but the puffin project has given me some focus again.”

Sponsors and partners include businesses and other organisations from across East Yorkshire and further afield.

James Storrie of Bridlington Spa said: “We loved the Buccaneer design and, placed alongside our seafront location, he makes the perfect companion.”

Tracey Murray, head of curriculum for creative arts and digital skills at East Riding College, said: “East Riding College are delighted to be involved in the Puffins Galore! project. It has been a unique opportunity for our art students to get involved in a community installation that has kicked off their careers as professional artists.”

The puffins will remain in place until the end of October before being sold either to their sponsors or at a grand charity auction which will raise funds for Hornsea Inshore Rescue, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, RNLI, and the RSPB.

Clare said: “Having worked on Larkin with Toads and A Moth for Amy we know how much the public enjoy animal sculpture trails and we’re bracing ourselves for an exciting week and a social media frenzy as people see the puffins in their new homes.

“We’re confident people will take to the highways and by-ways of East Yorkshire to track down the puffins, take in some of the region’s tourist attractions and swamp us with selfies!”

Councillor Jane Evison, East Riding of Yorkshire Council portfolio holder for economic growth and tourism, said : “I am delighted that Visit East Yorkshire is a project partner in this exciting Puffins Galore initiative, celebrating an iconic feature of the East Yorkshire coast, and helping to boost tourism still further. This is a great idea, and these giant puffins add a whole new dimension to a trip to our wonderful resorts and attractions. I feel sure they will bring many visitors to the area.”

To find out more about Puffins Galore! and to download the puffin spotter’s guide and other information click below or go to http://puffinsgalore.co.uk/