Welcome to Spurn Bird Observatory


23 January 2022

Overcast and damp in the chilly F3 South westerly.  Watches: 0800-1030.

Another day of generally mild weather and overall little change bird wise with the White-fronted Goose still on easington stright, 16 Snow Bunting wandering the area, 2 Great Northern Diver over the sea and the WEBS count while unremarkable dug out 2 Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, a Woodcock and a good total of 3244 Oystercatcher..

Just west...

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The twenty-sixth annual Michael Clegg Memorial Birdrace took place on Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd January 2022 (teams chose which day to compete).

For the second year it was in effect a 'green' event with no vehicles allowed, teams covered their chosen site on foot or with peddle-power so there were no chances of spreading Covid in the close confines of a car. And again, all teams reported having a very enjoyable day in the field.

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MOTUS-tagged Song Thrush detected at Spurn!

The Spurn MOTUS tower, installed in 2019, has detected its first bird tagged away from Spurn - a Song Thrush tagged on Helgoland, Germany in early October, picked up 10 days later in the Spurn area as it carried on migrating after a North Sea crossing. More details...

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The Great North Dove Run

As our doves return early in the spring, Jonny Rankin and Robin Sandham are embarking on their own migration - on foot - between Dalby Forest and Spurn Bird Observatory! Over just two days (25th & 26th March 2022), Jonny and Robin will run between the forest and the coast, connecting the Turtle Dove's Yorkshire breeding grounds with this famous migration watchpoint as part of the Champions of the Flyway's #YearOfTheDove, with events and fundraising around the world to help save our iconic but tragically now endangered Turtle Doves on their migration through the Mediterranean

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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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