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28 March 2022

Overcast start with sunny periods later and a light F2 south easterly. Watches: 0700-1000.

There was little diversity on the migrant front but some decent totals the best being the 11 Black Redstart (Sammys, sandy beaches, 5 southfield farm. 4 Point) plus 2 Wheatear, 10 Chiffchaff and 3 Goldcrest. The Cetti's Warbler at the Point was still pressnt and while thougtht to be last years bird, it...

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Migfest Tickets are now on sale!

We're excited to launch the Migfest 2022 tickets for sale today!

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New Electronic Sightings Board

Thanks to some clever work by Thomas and Paul Willoughby we've now got an electronic sightings screen in the Spurn Hub at the front of the Observatory.

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Warren Heligoland Work Party Saturday 2nd April

The poor Warren Heligoland trap (repaired extensively in 2019) is now out of action due to the continued erosion south of the Warren, with the area where the catching box once stood now lost to the wave action. As such, talks with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and SBOT directors and ringers have focussed on re-siting this historic trap northwards.

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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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