Welcome to Spurn Bird Observatory


16 June 2019

Sunny and warm with a F4SW wind

Watches: 0645-1130, 1430-1900.

Suprisingly few Swift on the move today but maybe refected in seemingly less in the country this year, while Duck numbers slowly increase which is typical for Teal at this time of year and some more Green Sandpiper moved through.

A Vagrant Emperor today by the Breach is the 4th sighting in the last week or so in...

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Name change for Blue Bell Ponds

We are pleased to announce a new name for the newly-acquired Observatory land at the previously named Blue Bell Ponds...

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BTO and SBOT Young Leaders course


There’s never been a more important time for young people who care about birds and the environment to take positive action. If you’re aged 16–23, this residential course – based at the world-famous Spurn Bird Observatory and run jointly by BTO and the bird observatory – will help you develop your leadership skills and better equip you to make a difference.

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Autumn Volunteer Roles Available at Spurn Bird Observatory

Volunteer roles are available from late August – late October/early-mid November 2019 to help out with the long-standing bird monitoring here at Spurn and the day-to-day running of the Observatory.

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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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