If you would like to help support the work of the observatory then please get in touch.
Friends of Spurn Bird Observatory
Spurn has long been a fantastic place for watching birds where else can you see visible migration, grounded migrants, seabirds and estuary birds, as well as rarities all on the same day?
Spurn Bird Observatory is Britain’s most exciting east coast location and has provided accommodation for nearly sixty years for thousands of people who enjoy watching birds and other wildlife. However Spurn is part of the fastest eroding coastline in Europe, this coastal erosion and the environment agencies recent decision not to raise the sea defences means the current observatory buildings will only last a few more years at most before succumbing to the sea.
Spurn Bird Observatory has always been managed by volunteers and is entirely self-funding, the gate money visitors pay is to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the observatory receive no part of this, thus our income is limited.
We are determined to develop a new modern observatory that fully complements Spurn’s position as the number one observatory in the country. One with excellent facilities for the use of visiting birdwatchers and other naturalists, somewhere every birder wants to visit. However to do this we need the support of the wider birding community.
Please think of all the good days and fond memories you have of Spurn, and help us in this challenge by becoming a “Friend of Spurn Bird Observatory”.
In return we will:
- Send you a free annual report
- Provide you with reduced price accommodation £10 instead of £14 per night
- Keep you up to date with bird news and events
- Send out regular newsletters
- Provide privileged access to the Kew villa and Church field viewing areas
As the “Friends of Spurn Bird Observatory” develops we will make it more attractive, with special offers and more involvement for the members in the running of the observatory.
We will also be undertaking management work to improve the attractiveness of the church field to birds. We have already created a sacrificial crop area, developed a feeding station and planted several areas of trees. We plan to create a pond this autumn and plant more hedges. The field has so far produced Red flanked Bluetail, Radde’s Warbler, Olive backed Pipit, Serin and Rose coloured Starling. Can you afford to not have access? It could be the “BIG ONE” next.