Welcome to Spurn Bird Observatory


16 January 2021

A frosty start, then heavy rain easing to sunny spells by late afternoon with a strong westerly.  Watches: 0755-1015.

There were some interesting counts and sightings during the day, the Common Buzzard sat on the feeders at Kew again, 288 Black-tailed Godwit on Holderness field and also 676 Wigeon in the area. The Pochard, Common Scoter and 3 Goldeneye all remained, but no sign of the...

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Following a rapid rise in COVID-19 infections, hospital admissions and case rates across the country, from 5th January we have been placed in another national 'lockdown'.

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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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Christmas Quiz winners

Thanks to all those who took part in our Christmas Bird Quiz, we had a really great response, so thanks to all those who took part and helped support our land purchase in Kilnsea.

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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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