Welcome to Spurn Bird Observatory


17 October 2018

While it was quieter overall without the large numbers of Thrushes and Brambling, there were decenr numbers of migrants and visible migration.

The highlight was a PALLID SWIFT lingering near the Obs for about an hour, though maybe not the Swift we were all hoping for. A Little Bunting was on the south side of the gas terminal, a Barred Warbler and Cetti's Warbler were both trapped in Church field.

Still good numbers of migrants...

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Securing The Future

Spurn Bird Observatory is truly grateful for the support given by the ‘Friends of Spurn’. We want you to know that we don’t take that support for granted and in return we are always striving to provide something special, to make your visits to Spurn more memorable than before. You’ve already been very generous to us, enabling the observatory to purchase new land at Church Field and Corner Field. The habitat in these areas is being actively and thoughtfully managed to provide food and shelter for migrant birds. We are proud to offer ‘Friends’ free access to these areas, where they can venture off the public roads and explore our short trails.

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Rare Bird Alert Supporting SBOT

Despite only just handing over a cheque at this years MigFest for A thousand pounds Rare Bird Alert are once again kindly supporting the work of the observatory.

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Migfest 2018 tickets

Online ticket sales for the 2018 Spurn Migration Festival are noew closed.

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Observatory Work

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

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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 in the back room and three single beds and one bunk bed in the two front rooms, one downstairs bedroom with two single beds, two bathrooms upstairs each with a toilet/washbasin and shower cubicle.

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Support us

As our membership base has grown particularly in recent years this has enabled us to increase the amount of work we do as an Observatory, creating habitat for birds on our land in the Obs Garden, Church Field and Corner Field, 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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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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