Posted: 20 May 2022

Migfest Tickets are now on sale!

We're excited to launch the Migfest 2022 tickets for sale today!

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Posted: 12 April 2022

New Electronic Sightings Board

Thanks to some clever work by Thomas and Paul Willoughby we've now got an electronic sightings screen in the Spurn Hub at the front of the Observatory.

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Posted: 18 March 2022

Warren Heligoland Work Party Saturday 2nd April

The poor Warren Heligoland trap (repaired extensively in 2019) is now out of action due to the continued erosion south of the Warren, with the area where the catching box once stood now lost to the wave action. As such, talks with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and SBOT directors and ringers have focussed on re-siting this historic trap northwards.

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Posted: 05 March 2022

Assistant Little Tern Warden Job Vacancy

A second vacancy has arisen for the rewarding and potentially career-developing position of  Assistant Seasonal Little Tern Warden at Beacon Lagoons Nature Reserve. This summer vacancy offers a superb opportunity for an individual seeking a career in conservation to develop their skills and make a real difference to the conservation of one of our most threatened birds

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Posted: 28 February 2022

Operations Manager Vacancy

We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, organised and experienced individual to lead our Observatory's day-to-day running here at Spurn Bird Observatory...

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Posted: 16 February 2022


Following a download of data from the Motus receiver in the Obs' garden at the end of November 2021, it became apparent that a ‘hit’ had been recorded involving a continental-tagged Starling. The data was checked by Dr Lucy Mitchell and the ‘hit’ verified as a genuine registration.

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Posted: 05 February 2022

Little Tern project volunteers

We are looking for volunteer wardens to help the seasonal wardening team monitor and protect the Little Tern colony this spring and summer.

You’ll be working as part of the Little Tern team here at Spurn and meet new people from a range of conservation backgrounds. Being based at Spurn Bird Observatory means you’ll be spending time at one of the best locations for birding in the UK, and Little Tern wardens have a good track record for finding rare birds here!

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Posted: 10 January 2022


The twenty-sixth annual Michael Clegg Memorial Birdrace took place on Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd January 2022 (teams chose which day to compete).

For the second year it was in effect a 'green' event with no vehicles allowed, teams covered their chosen site on foot or with peddle-power so there were no chances of spreading Covid in the close confines of a car. And again, all teams reported having a very enjoyable day in the field.

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Posted: 21 December 2021

MOTUS-tagged Song Thrush detected at Spurn!

The Spurn MOTUS tower, installed in 2019, has detected its first bird tagged away from Spurn - a Song Thrush tagged on Helgoland, Germany in early October, picked up 10 days later in the Spurn area as it carried on migrating after a North Sea crossing. More details...

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