Spurn Bird Observatory is truly grateful for the support given by the ‘Friends of Spurn’. We want you to know that we don’t take that support for granted and in return we are always striving to provide something special, to make your visits to Spurn more memorable than before. You’ve already been very generous to us, enabling the observatory to purchase new land at Church Field and Corner Field. The habitat in these areas is being actively and thoughtfully managed to provide food and shelter for migrant birds. We are proud to offer ‘Friends’ free access to these areas, where they can venture off the public roads and explore our short trails. The Observatory has built a great reputation not just in the UK but internationally as well, and we want to continue developing what we do for birds and the visiting bird watcher.
A major achievement was the opening in 2016 of our fantastic new Observatory building with its wonderful garden. Here we have constructed a superb viewing platform, planted a small orchard and encouraged wildlife by creating a landscaped pond for all kinds of flora and fauna. But the garden is now largely complete. If we are to increase our footprint for the benefit of future generations of bird watchers, then we will need more land. Here’s our thinking... ...From time to time, land suitable for habitat development becomes available close to the Observatory. To make an offer on any such land, we would need to act quickly with funds already in place, not straightforward when you are a small charity funded largely by the overnight accommodation fees on our four rooms!
So to enable SBO to continue its development plans at Spurn we would like to set up a land purchase fund, under the heading of Securing the Future. If every ‘Friend of Spurn’ was to donate just £1 a week by Direct Debit, we would within a few years have accumulated a significant sum that we could use to purchase more land. That’s just £1 a week - not even half a pint of beer or a packet of crisps these days!! We would keep that money ring fenced and distinct from our regular account, untouched until it is ready to be used. Please consider contributing in this way. It would help safeguard the future development of SBO and preserve the bird and wildlife haven that is Spurn.
Thanks to all the many photographers who allow us to use their images on this site, in particular Dave McAleavey, Martin Standley, Mike Watson, Richard Willison.