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25 March 2020

Watches: 0600-1030.

A better day of movement over land and sea saw our first 2 Swallow of the spring head south. Also.moving were 29 Jackdaw, 6 Rook, 5 Long-tailed Tit (one was caught by a Merlin at the narrows!), a Fieldfare, 1 White Wagtail, 8 Alba Wagtail, 109 Chaffinch, 7 Greenfinch, 40 Linnet, 8 Goldfinch, 10 Siskin, 1 Yellowhammer and a Corn Bunting. Over the...

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We have been following the unfolding events in recent days and weeks in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and how these are now starting to affect our everyday life.

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Coronavirus Update: Kew Villa & Sykes Field caravan sites

In line with the most recent government advice and directives on non-essential travel with specific regard to caravan sites i.e. -  travel to and from these sites is NOT classed as essential and as such should cease - the Spurn Bird Observatory Trust directors have taken the decision to close the caravan pitches at Kew Villa, Sykes Field and the Observatory until further notice.


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In line with the most recent government advice and directives, the Spurn Bird Observatory Trust directors have taken the decision to close the Observatory building with immediate effect until further notice. 

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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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