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22 May 2019

A nice male RED-FOOTED FALCON was the highlight of the day, initially seen grappling with a Kestrel over Holderness field, then spending time here before eventually heading north-west up the Humber. The raptor theme continued with a ringtail Montagu's Harrier hunting the fields in the Long bank area and an Osprey flying south. Otherwise a Turtle Dove was by Westmere farm and the Little Stint...

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Spurn Wildlife Report 2018 is here!

Yesterday we took delivery of our much-anticipated Spurn Wildlife Report 2018 - and there's no doubt about it, it's a cracker!!!

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'Project Yellow-browed'

At the British Bird Observatories Council meeting in February held at BTO HQ in Norfolk, Spurn Bird Observatory tabled a motion proposing that British bird observatories should work together with other key partners here and on the continent to utilize modern tracking technology with the aim of understanding more about the movements of so-called theorized ‘reverse migrants’ across Western Europe into Britain and beyond.

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Ongoing work at Blue Bell Ponds

Recent weekends have seen some work being done to SBOT's newly-acquired land at Blue Bell Ponds

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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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