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25 February 2020

Sunny spells with showers on and off with a F3-5 WSW wind.  Watches: 0720-1025.

Maybe the first hint of spring with a nice selection of species on the move, though no big numbers yet.

Highlights of some southerly movement today included a nice Woodlark and 2 Snow Buntings plus 7 Stock Dove, 11 Jackdaw, 2 Rook, 11 Carrion Crow, 7 Blue Tit, 1 Skylark, 158 Starling, 1...

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Little Tern Volunteer Wardens

We are looking for volunteer wardens to help the seasonal wardening team monitor and protect the Little Tern colony this spring and summer.

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Bird Observatories Council 2020 Newsletter

The 2020 Bird Observatories Council Newsletter is here! Catch up on the great work all accredited British Bird Observatories undertake each year. 

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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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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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