Spurn Bird Observatory

There's been a Bird Observatory at Spurn since 1946 which occupies a superb location off the tip of the coast of the East Riding of Yorkshire.

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Spurn Bird Observatory is Britain’s most exciting east coast birding location and has provided accommodation for nearly eighty years for thousands of people who enjoy watching birds and other wildlife.

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Stay at Spurn

We can offer a fresh modern hostel-style accommodation for 13 guests. With impressive views over the Humber estuary, the Spurn Bird Observatory building is situated in Kilnsea, at the northern end of the Spurn Peninsula.

Our accommodation consists of three bedrooms upstairs, with three single beds and one bunk bed in the two front rooms, three single beds in the back room and one downstairs bedroom with two single beds. Two bathrooms upstairs each with a toilet, washbasin and shower cubicle.

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Support us

Our membership is the key to keeping the Observatory going and allowing us to operate. It has especially allowed us to create habitat for birds on our land in the Obs Garden, Church Field, Corner Field, Sykes Field and now Schipper's Field. As well as improving the annual Spurn Wildlife report and building a log cabin in the Obs garden to accommodate volunteers for years to come.

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Visit the Spurn shop

Become a friend of Spurn, get Migfest tickets or take a look at our Spurn clothing range from Beanie Hats to Puffa Jackets.

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Youth Engagement

Spurn Bird Observatory has a long standing tradition of supporting young people with a keen interest in birding, ringing, and all things ornithological.

Over the years, many birders have spent time at the Obs in their younger days, where they have been encouraged to hone their skills and experience and develop a life-long passion for birds. Many have continued to return year after year, becoming ‘regulars’ and ‘Friends of Spurn’, whose love of Spurn draws them back frequently to witness all that the amazing birding year has to offer.

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