Welcome to Spurn Bird Observatory


28 November 2021

A snowy start with flurries throufghout and the odd sunny spell with a F4-4 north westrly. Watches: 0700-1015.

The best of the action was over the sea, but even here it was hard going with 2 Eider, 2 Common Scoter, a female Velvet Scoter, a Red-breasted Merganser, 17 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet, a Great Crested Grebe, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 151 Common Gull, a Glaucous Gull, 3...

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Michael Clegg Memorial Birdrace 2022

The 2022 Birdrace takes place over 2nd-3rd January and is raising funds for the NORTH YORKSHIRE TURTLE DOVE PROJECT which is one of the few places that still has a viable population of this rapidly declining species and is the place that many birders now go to see them.

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Little Tern Warden Job Vacancy

A vacancy has arisen for the rewarding and potentially career-developing position of Seasonal Little Tern Warden at Beacon Lagoons Nature Reserve, East Yorkshire.

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HiDef support conservation at Spurn Bird Observatory

HiDef Aerial Surveying are proud to assist the Spurn Bird Observatory with a grant towards purchasing hay meadows at the east Yorkshire site....

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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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