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10 April 2021

Sunny and warm out of the cool F3 north easterly. Watches: 0640-0940.

The wind stuck in the northerly vector is making migration slow progress, with still few migrants about and cool weather for a few more days at least. There was a small decrease in migrant numbers with a Whimbrel, 1 Short-eared Owl, 12 Sand Martin, 5 Swallow, 12 Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Fieldfare, a Redwing, 5...

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SBOT Easter Quiz

As we are now very close to finalising the sale of the field at Cliff Farm, we are now looking to fundraise for habitat creation works in the field.  (more details on the land here), our quizmaster Tony Hull has pulled together an Easter-themed quiz...

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Spurn Bird Observatory and England’s COVID-19 Response Spring 2021

On 22nd February, our Prime Minister announced the spring 2021 ‘Roadmap out of Lockdown’, with a guide to when we may be able to expect current restrictions to ease. A full breakdown can be found here. The response comes in four stages, each with an earliest planned date of implementation, subject to the ongoing success of the vaccine rollout and fall in infection rates. With the proviso that these dates are the very earliest for the following steps out of lockdown, we have outlined what this means for us and our accommodation options here at Spurn Bird Observatory.

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SBOT 2021 Auction

Following the success of several auctions we launched last year, we have another one for you. 

We have very kindly been donated a substantial Ornithological book collection.

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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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