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08 July 2020

Watches: 0605-0945.

It was a bit of a quieter day overall in the easterly wind, which saw some movement over the sea with 78 Common Scoter, a Manx Shearwater, 157 Gannet, a Cormorant, 22 Oystercatcher, a Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, 16 Redshank, 14 Kittiwake, 19 Guillemot and a Great Skua. 

Still decent on KIlnsea wetlands which held 13 Shelduck, a Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck, 28 Mallard (plus...

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Spurn Bird Observatory Accommodation Update

After a meeting between SBOT staff and directors, we have decided to open the Observatory accommodation for bookings on an exclusive only basis from Monday 13th July 2020 until 16th August and thereafter during weekdays up to 31st. An update for beyond 31st August will follow.

This means that family groups etc. can book the whole Observatory building for their exclusive use. Guests will be required to bring ALL their own bedding and towels.

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Friends of Spurn Annual members BBQ - Sat 8th August has been cancelled  



Sadly we've made the decision to cancel the annual Friends of Spurn member's BBQ planned for Saturday 8th August. 

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Answers to the British Birds ID Quiz

Thanks to all those who took part in our British Birds ID Quiz, we had a great response and it sounds like a lot of people really enjoyed doing the quiz, which makes us happy!


Answers are here!

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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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