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23 February 2021

Sunny spells throughout, but a gale force south westerly dominated.  Watches: 0715-1100, 1450-1620.

A difficult days birding, the strong wind making it difficult to just go walking. The sheltered areas offered some respite with the Black-necked Grebe, 3 Goldeneye and Scaup all still present at Kilnsea wetlands, and a Black Brant again on Holderness field, along with 2 adult intergrades and 2 Pale-bellied Brent among 800 Dark-bellied Brents. Elsewhere 3...

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SBOT 2021 Auction

Following the success of several auctions we launched last year, we have another one for you. 

We have very kindly been donated a substantial Ornithological book collection.

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MOTUS Update early 2021

We're pleased to have Dr Lucy Mitchell, from Hull University give us an update on all things MOTUS, including some exciting news about potentially getting some of our first tags deployed this spring!

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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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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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