Welcome to Spurn Bird Observatory


23 March 2019

A cloudy day with long sunny periods and a F1-2 N wind.

Watches: 0555-1230.

A fantastic day of all round birding and movement overland was dominated by one species. The total of 9375 Starling heading south was phenomenal on the back of some strong movement recently. These birds will make their way south before heading out east to the continent from maybe East Anglia.

There were also decent...

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Spurn Bird Observatory Ringing Experience 2019

26th – 29th August 2019. A four-day course aimed at BTO T or C ringing permit holders who wish to experience bird ringing at an active British Bird Observatory...

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John Lewis Spedan Foundation Grant

We have been lucky enough to receive a significant grant from the John Lewis Spedan Foundation to
improve our Corner Field. The work carried out there will improve the habitat for a wide range...

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Little Tern Project Volunteer Wardens

Want to spend summer at Spurn helping safeguard one of Britain's rarest seabirds? 

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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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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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