Friends of Spurn

Help support our small charity and become a member.

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Friends of Spurn was created in 2003 to raise funds to purchase a new Observatory building, we have turned that dream into a reality and we opened our new Observatory building in March 2016. The new building is very impressive, with modern facilities this is the ideal base for a birder visiting the Spurn area. However this building didn’t come cheap and we had to take on a mortgage in order to purchase the building.

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, Corner Field, Sykes Field and our newly-acquired Schipper's Field, improving the annual Spurn Wildlife report, building a wooden cabin in the Obs garden to accommodate volunteers for years to come as well as a viewing Platform just for members use.

By becoming a Friend of Spurn you’re helping to support all the work we do as an Observatory. In return you will receive;

  • Discounted accommodation at the Observatory, just £20 a night instead of £24.
  • A copy of the critically acclaimed annual report, Spurn Wildlife, for the year that you are a member
  • Our monthly newsletter into your email inbox to keep you up to date with news and events here at Spurn.
  • Access to the Observatory Garden, Corner Field, Church Field and Sykes Field, which have hosted Purple Heron, Blyth’s Reed and Pallas's Grasshopper Warblers, Iberian Chiffchaff, Dusky, Radde's and Arctic Warblers, Arctic Redpoll, Little, Rustic and Ortolan Buntings in the last few years! Can you afford not to have access? It could be the ‘BIG’ one next!
  • New in 2018 is our viewing platform, kindly financed by British Birds, access for this is for Friends of Spurn only and has already had Pallid Swift, White-tailed Eagle and (cat E Unfortunately) Baikal Teal found from the platform!

We hope to develop these benefits as our membership continues to grow, watch this space for future exciting developments.

Membership to Friends of Spurn runs from 1st September until 31st August the following year, this is to make renewals easier during a time of the year that most members come to visit Spurn. Therefore if you join before the 1st June your membership will run until 31st August that year, but if you join after 1st June then you get 3 months 'free' membership and your membership will run until 31st August the following year.

To sign up as a member of Friends of Spurn by Direct Debit, simply complete the form below. To pay for just one year, go to the online Spurn Shop and you can purchase an annual membership there. We can still claim Gift Aid on annual membership if you complete the Gift Aid form.

We now offer free digital membership for under 18's, drop us an email on to sign up

Hiring a Radio at Spurn

We can now offer hire of radios here at Spurn. £5 a day, £15 Mon-Fri, £20 Mon-Sun. Hire is from Kew Villa. Booking necessary. Email us to enquire.

Obtaining a Spurn radio procedure

To apply to get a Spurn radio please email us and we will sort you out. A new digital radio costs around £200 with an annual £15 licence fee payable to the Observatory.

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