Welcome to Spurn Bird Observatory


19 November 2019

After a hard frost it was a fine, sunny still day.  Watches: 0715-1015.

There was an increase in Thrush numbers in the area, plus 11 Waxwing showing well at Kew which eventually flew off south with the Siberian Chiffchaff still in Sykes field. Other migrants noted were 2 Chiffcahff, 5 Blackcap, 4 Gooldcrest, 60 Blackbird, a Fieldfare, 6 Reedwing, 1 Song Thrush, 31 Siskin, a Lesser...

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Little Tern success at Beacon Ponds in 2019

It has been a mixed year for Little Tern colonies around the country, with some doing very well, others poorly and one, at least, falling prey to egg collectors.

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MIgfest 2019 tickets

Online tickets sales for Migfest 2019 are now closed due to postage timings.  If you still require tickets please purchase them on site on the day from the reception desk in the barn at Westmere farm.  Please note that tickets for the Saturday evening lecture and hog roast are in limited numbers and we cannot guarantee availability of these on the day.

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Spurn Rarities pin badges: Great Snipe

We have just taken delivery of the Great Snipe pin badge which forms part of the much sought-after collection of Spurn Rarities.

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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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