Welcome to Spurn Bird Observatory


24 September 2021

Bright and sunny with a F5-6 south easterly. Watches: 0600-1830.

The day was dominated by our diligent group of vis-miggers, who put in a phenomenal shift to count a record 12, 245 Pink-footed Geese making their way south. The day also yielded 3 Whooper Swan plus 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 125 Red-throated Diver, 2 Sooty Shearwater, a Manx Shearwater, 4 Snipe, 210 Little Gull, 46 Sandwich Tern,...

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Spurn Wildlife 2020 is here!

Spurn Wildlife 2020 is here! We took delivery from Swallowtail Print today and we are delighted with the results.

Many thanks to our residential autumn volunteers who couldn't go for 'the plover' until we had unloaded and unboxed 1000+ reports...

Friends of Spurn 2020 members can collect their copy...

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The ‘Cliff Farm fields’ are now officially Spurn Bird Observatory land.

We are very pleased to announce that we are now the official owners of the fields behind Cliff Farm thanks to a huge fundraising effort earlier this year....

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Accommodation at Spurn Bird Observatory - autumn 2021

Going forward this autumn, individuals can book a bed in any of our shared hostel-style rooms, which they may be sharing with other guests. A pillow and mattress cover are provided but guests must bring their own bedding, except in the downstairs room where bedding is provided. Full information about the Observatory accommodation options can be found here, but a quick run down of rates etc. follows below.

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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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