If you would like to help support the work of the observatory then please get in touch.
Download a membership form and become a friend of Spurn Bird Observatory.
Staying at Spurn
Spurn Bird Observatory is situated at the northern end of Spurn Peninsula, half a mile from Kilnsea. There is an hourly East Yorkshire (East Yorkshire Travel Centre, Ferensway Bus Station, Hull – tel. No.; 01482 222222) bus service between Hull and Easington (four miles to the north) on weekdays and Saturdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Naturalists wishing to stay at the Observatory should apply to the Warden, Kew Villa, Kilnsea, via Patrington, Hull, East Yorshire, HU12 0UG, stating the dates on the nights that they wish to stay, with possible alternatives and enclosing a s.a.e. Alternatively you can telephone and leave a message on the answer phone ( 01964 650479) or email the warden at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visitors stay at their own risk.
The charge is £12 per night (only £8 to members of Friends of Spurn) payable to “Spurn Bird Observatory Trust” via the Warden. Visitor under 16 years of age can only be accepted if accompanied by a responsible adult.
Cooking facilities are available at the Observatory with crockery, cutlery and kitchen utensils provided. Food may be bought in Easington (half-day closing Tuesday) or in Withernsea (10 miles to the north), where a full range of shops and services (including banks) are available.
Blankets, sheets and pillow slips (or sleeping bags and pillow slips), towels and soap must be brought. Rooms MUST be kept clean and tidy and breakages made good. Please respect other Observatory residents and keep noise to a minimum at night time. Camping, caravans and sleeping in cars are not allowed and under no circumstances may dogs be brought onto the reserve.
Visitors wishing to take part in ringing should first get permission from the Warden and should hold a current BTO permit (A or C) or be supervised by a permit holder with whom the responsibility for accuracy rests. Traps must not be driven unless there is a registered ringer present. Only rings provided by the Observatory are to be used. Visitors are not entitled to publish records or photographs made whilst using the facilities of the Observatory without first obtaining permission from the committee.
Rights of ownership of the peninsula are vested in Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Ltd. Visitors to the Observatory are expected to observe the regulations issued for the guidance of the public. These include the avoidance of certain marked areas in the breeding season and bans against fires, tents, uprooting of plants, shooting etc. Membership of the Yorkshire Naturalists’ Union and/or the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Ltd. carries no right of entry to Observatory premises, traps etc. except by arrangement with officials of the Observatory or with the Warden. Other properties on the peninsula are also let and cannot be visited except by arrangement with the tenants.
Spurn Bird Observatory owns and manages a small Caravan Club CL site at the rear of Kew Villa. This sheltered and secluded site is a haven for migrant birds. There are mains hook up points for each pitch together with a new toilet block and shower room which has recently been installed. The charges are £11 per night which is inclusive of all services and as such offers great value for money in this private bird rich hot spot. Who knows you might even find the Big One when you stay!!!
To join “Friends of Spurn Bird Observatory”, you can obtain a membership form from the visitor centre or from the Warden by calling in or writing to Kew Villa, Kilnsea, via Patrington, Hull, East Yorshire, HU12 0UG.
For those wanting B&B accomodation please try Westmere Farm their website is here