SBOT Lockdown Auction

We've now launched our Spurn Bird Obs Lockdown Auction! 

We hope you find something on the auction list that you would like to bid on and enjoy the bidding process! We have 14 high value items up for auction, detailed below.

This is an online auction, with bids sent to [email protected], full instructions below, each item has a reserve on it and won't be sold unless that reserve is met. You will be notified by email to confirm your bid initially and if you are the highest bidder and if/when you get outbid.

The auction will run until 20:00hrs on 24th April 2020. Whomever is the highest bidder at this point wins the item and will be requested to pay via PayPal (bank transfer, cheque etc. also accepted). 

Due to the current lockdown situation, there may be a slight delay in getting some of the items to the winning bidder, however if this is the case then we won't request the money until the item can be posted or collected. As some of the items are quite large they may be collection only, but this can be arranged via email with the winning bidder, but please keep this in mind when bidding.

The items up for auction are;

  1. Swarovski Optik 8 x 30 Companion Binoculars. More info here
  2. A Complete Set of Spurn Rarity Pin Badges; Siberian Accentor, Masked Shrike, Ivory Gull and Great Snipe. Picture here
  3. An original ‘Spurn Lighthouse with waders’ painting by Ray Scally. Picture here
  4. A 2-year PLATINUM subscription to Rare Bird Alert, (worth £654). This is the most comprehensive rare bird news service offered by RBA. It includes a pager with all the news you could want, access to their Bird Alert Pro app and website and mega alert texts to your phone. More info here
  5. One full day private Photography course with Martin Standley. Website here
  6. A four night stay for two people (room only) at Baan Maka Nature Lodge in Kaeng Krachan, Thailand. Website here
  7. A Friends of Spurn Single Lifetime Membership.
  8. A Friends of Spurn Family Lifetime Membership.
  9.  A Dragonfly metalwork sculpture by the famous Mandy Rush. Pic here 
  10. An original Great Spotted Woodpecker painting by George Edwards. Pic here 
  11. An original Ortolan Bunting painting by Alan Harris. Pic here
  12. An original Crested Tit painting by George Edwards. Pic here
  13. MacMillan Birders Guide to European and Middle Eastern Birds. Pic here
  14. A £200 discount voucher for a ‘Birding Abroad’ Holiday. Website here 


1. To place a bid on an item, simply email [email protected] and state your bid, referreing to the item number above in your email.

2. You will then recieve and email to confirm your bid has been received and whether or not you are the highest bidder and/or when you get outbid.

3. At the end of the auction we will email all winning bidders to confirm they have won the item and arrange postage/payment etc.


Big thanks to all our friends and companies that have supported the Observatory by donating some of these amazing items for us to auction off. We are very thankful in these hard times. 

We hope you enjoy this auction, please dig deep and help support the Observatory whilst also winning valuable prizes. Any questions about items in the auction can be sent to [email protected]

Finally, it just leaves us to say please do look after yourselves and others by staying at home this bank holiday weekend, stay safe and save lives.

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Posted: 10 April 2020

SBOT Lockdown Auction