The following events will be hosted by Spurn Bird Observatory during autumn 2018. Events will be added throughout the summer for the autumn period, so please watch this space.

NB. Spurn MigFest 2018 has a separate dedicated page on this website. Click here.

The contact for each event is shown below, as well as a link to Eventbrite to make your booking easier. The events are sure to prove popular, so please book early!


3 hour Guided Walks, 9am - 12noon

Led by one of the observatory committee or regulars, covering the most popular locations within a mile or so of the bird observatory, including an opportunity to witness bird ringing. Seek out and be shown the best of what birds are around. Autumn (from August through November) at Spurn usually means some scarce and rare birds are around. Route and schedule subject to weather and determined on the day by the leader.

Meeting point: meet at the Observatory Car Park.
Price: £10 payable on the day (under 12s escorted by an adult go free).
Number of places: 8 persons with 1 guide (subject to demand 2 guides will be assigned, so offering up 16 places).

No registration required – turn up on the day.

Dates – so far:
Saturday and Sunday 25th & 26th August
Saturday and Sunday 15th & 16th September
Saturday and Sunday 29th & 30th September
Saturday and Sunday 6th & 7th October
Saturday and Sunday 20th & 21st October
Saturday and Sunday 27th & 28th October
Sunday 3rd November

Ringing Demonstrations

These will be held at the Observatory Church Field ringing site every Sunday from last Sunday in Aug until last Sunday in Oct. Start 0830-1100 weather and birds permitting. Whilst free, the Obs would appreciate donations from those attending. £5 is suggested. 

WADERTASTIC!, Sunday 19th August: 9am - 1pm

Are you puzzled by plovers and confused by Calidrids?  If so, then this event led by Spurn Bird Observatory member Jack Ashton-Booth and friends will be perfect for you!

Spend a little time to explore the diversity of wading birds the Humber Estuary, Kilnsea Wetlands and Beacon Ponds has to offer. Learn the basics of plumage identification, learn the characteristic calls and vocalisations, learn the skills to get closest to them and when and where to look for them! With over 45 different wader species recorded at Spurn, including the 1st record of Stilt Sandpiper for Britain, there is no better place to get to grips with this unique family of birds. On the day there should be around 20 different species of wader for us to focus on, so you will take away a lot of new ornithological skills.

Meeting place: meet at the Observatory Car Park.
Price:  £20 with lunch and refreshments included.
Number of places: Limited to 12 places with 2 leaders.

Date - Sunday 19th August - 9am - 1pm

Contact Jonnie Fisk on [email protected] or call 01964 650479 for further details.

Book your place here

Finding and Identifying Rarities – Preparing for the Autumn, Sunday 16th September 9am - 5pm

Join British Birds Rarities Committee chairman and Spurn resident Paul French as he guides you through the top tips and pitfalls of finding the ‘megas’. Includes a half day in the field with useful input on field craft and searching techniques, with an indoor session on identification of some key species and possible new species for the future in Britain, including tips on how to produce field notes and that all-important rarity description. There should also be an opportunity to observe some key wing formula details on birds trapped on the day. Cutting edge stuff as BBRC and Spurn Bird Obs work in partnership.  

For more experienced birders. Don't forget to bring your notebooks!.

Meeting place: meet at the Observatory Car Park.
Price: £50 (includes a buffet lunch and refreshments).
Number of Places: Limited to 8 persons plus Paul leading.

Contact Spurn Bird Observatory on [email protected] for further details.

Book your place here

Private Guided Tours are available from mid August to mid November

Bespoke escorted tour especially for your own group.

Price: £30 for 3 hours for 4 persons or less. Additional guests £5 per head.
Contact Ian Smith on 01964 650227 who will make the necessary arrangements for a local expert guide(s) to be assigned.

All proceeds go to the bird observatory.