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We are pleased to announce that tickets for the 2016 Spurn Migration Festival are now on sale!

This years festival will take place on Friday 9th to Sunday 11th September. Tickets are priced as follows:

  • Weekend Ticket – £25
  • Day Ticket (Saturday or Sunday) – £16
  • Saturday Evening Lecture and Hog Roast – £8
  • Camping £7 per person per night

To purchase your tickets, just follow this link

We look forward to seeing you there.

It’s Warming Up at Spurn!

With only 2 weeks to go to the 2016 Spurn Migration Festival, the birds are starting to appear! The last few days has seen good numbers of common and scarce migrants coming through and gives you an idea of what you might see over the festival weekend. For daily updates of what’s been seen, see the Spurn Bird Observatory sightings page.

Here are the sightings for Monday 22nd August taken from the SBO sightings page just to give you a taste:

A fantastic arrival today after the rain had eased and with a decreasing wind strength it was a better day for seeing passerines. The highlight was a nice Wryneck along Beacon Lane which gave some nice views and an Icterine Warbler in Canal Hedge which was probably yesterdays bird, but arguably 350 Willow Warbler logged mainly in the Triangle/Beacon lane/Warren area was more impressive (with 100 ringed). The total would no doubt have been much higher had anyone gone down the peninsula to the point which is one of the best areas for them. Other totals were 2 Tree Pipit, 7 Redstart, 14 Whinchat, 10 Wheatear, 4 Garden Warbler, 17 Spotted Flycatcher and 17 Pied Flycatcher.
On the move south unless stated was 7 Common Scoter, 7 Fulmar, 6 Manx Shearwater, 1 Marsh Harrier, 64 Oystercatcher,7 Ringed Plover, 4 Knot, 9 Sanderling, 3 Dunlin, 3 Whimbrel, 18 Bar tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank, 23 Turnstone, 2 Arctic Skua N, 1 Bonxie, 1 Little Gull, 100 Sandwich Tern and 1600 Common Tern to roost, 4 Swift and 5 Sand Martin.
Of interest were 2 Wigeon, 1 Water Rail, a new day record of 6 Little ringed Plover, 6 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 1 Spotted Redshank, 1200 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Wood sandpiper and 37 Mediterranean Gull .

Ringing: 1 Swallow, 2 Reed warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 100 Willow Warbler, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Pied flycatcher, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Goldfinch pulli, 1 Linnet pulli. (116 of 9 species).

It’s still not too late to get your tickets – to purchase them, go here

Spurn Migration Festival Prize Draw 2016


Fancy seeing some fantastic birds like the ones above? Well if you buy a ticket for the Spurn Migration Festival 2016 Prize Draw and win the prize for a 1 week holiday for 4 people at a luxury cottage in France, you too could be seeing these 2 species of bird among many others for yourself at Trunvel Ringing Station in Brittany.  Its only 2 hours from the cottage and has an impressive list of species recorded at the station. The bird on the left above is a Bluethroat and the one on the right is the very rare Aquatic Warbler. Both of these birds were photographed at Trunvel only a couple of weeks ago. So why delay and go buy your tickets today.

Call in to see either Paul Collins, Ian Smith or Steve Exley down at Spurn and buy a ticket or come along to the Mig Fest on September 9th -11th and purchase them from Reception.

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We are at BirdFair!


Just a reminder that we are at this years Rutland Birdfair which starts on Friday 19th August  and runs until Sunday 21st. We’re nearly ready to head off for the weekend – if you’re going down don’t forget to come say hello at our stand – Marquee 5, Stand 19.

Lots going on including Andy Roadhouse signing his latest masterpiece, “The Birds of Spurn“. It’s and amazing volume of work and an essential purchase for anyone with even a passing interest in Spurn birding. Andy is planning to be there on Friday and Saturday.


There is also your chance to win a bottle of Moët champagne each day. We will have tickets for the 4th Spurn Migration Festival on sale and we have Mike Dilger on the stand on Friday at 11:00 cutting a cake to celebrate the 70th year the Observatory has been running for! So why not pop along , have a glass of wine and a chat – it’d be great to see you!

Two Great Events This Weekend at Spurn

A busy weekend at Spurn this weekend with two great events taking place.

First of all on Saturday, there is the Wading Bird Safari. Spend a little time with Spurn Bird Observatory staff 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 their characteristic calls and vocalisations, learn the skills to get close to them and when and where to look for them! For more details and to book your tickets, see this link

On Sunday, we have the much anticipated launch of Andy Roadhouse’s book – “The Birds of Spurn”. This book will be THE book for anyone with even a passing interest in the the birdlife of Spurn Point or birds in general. Andy will be present at Westmere Farm, Kilnsea on Sunday from 12:00 to 16:00 signing copies of the book. Wine and food will be served throughout the afternoon so come along pick up a copy of the book, meet the team involved and hopefully enjoy some good birding as there should be plenty of waders around and terns should be moving in the evening.

REVISED PRICE – Due to the page count of the book changing from 500 to 704 pages there has been a significant increase in the preparation and printing costs and as a result we are now having to change the retail price. If you have already pre-paid for your copy then this will not affect you at all.

The new price will be £45 + £7.50 p&p (or £40 + £7.50 p&p to Friends of Spurn Bird Observatory) and this will take effect from Monday August 15 2016.


Just Over 4 Weeks To Go……………

20160806_102301There’s just over 4 weeks to go now to this years Spurn Migration Festival – have you got your tickets yet? If not, please go to this link to purchase.

Alternatively, if you are visiting this years Rutland Bird Fair, Spurn Bird Observatory will be there so why not pop along and buy your MigFest tickets, some prize draw tickets or a copy of Andy Roadhouse’s fabulous new book “The Birds of Spurn”. You can find us in Marquee 5, Stand 19. Migfest tickets will also be available for sale on the BTO stand in Marquee 3 stand 36,37 & 38.

Another International Speaker at Migfest 2016

MigFest Logo

We are continuing to finalise the programme of events for this years Spurn Migfest and hope to publish it shortly. In the meantime, we are please to announce another international speaker to this years festival.

Michael Lanzone will be giving a talk on Saturday lunchtime entitled:

PUT A PHONE ON IT!How cellular technology is giving us new insights into bird behaviour, ecology, and conservation

Michael Lanzone is the CEO of Cellular Tracking Technologies where he works with researchers around the world to develop tracking technologies for birds and other wildlife. Prior to his current position he worked for Carnegie Museum of Natural History as the Biotechnology and Bio-monitoring Lab Supervisor. While there he studied nocturnal migration and flight calls, helped coordinate the 2nd Pennsylvania Breeding Bird Atlas, studied Golden Eagle movement ecology, and assisted with the Powdermill Bird Banding program, among other things.

It promises to be a fascinating talk.

Rutland Bird Fair 2016


Are you going to the Rutland Bird Fair this year? If you are, why not pop along to the Spurn Bird Observatory stand in Marquee 5, Stand 19 while you’re there and say hello? We will have Migfest tickets for sale and raffle tickets for the festival available too. Copies of Andy Roadhouse’s excellent new book “The Birds of Spurn” will be on sale too – an essential purchase! There will be Spurn clothing for sale and details of staying at the new Spurn Bird Observatory too, so well worth a visit.

Migfest tickets will also be available for sale on the BTO stand in Marquee 3 stand 36,37 & 38.

Wadertastic!.. Wading Bird Safari

Can’t wait for this years Migration Festival?! Then why not come along to a Wading Bird Safari at Spurn on Saturday, 13 August 2016 from 13:00 to 16:00 (BST)

Spend a little time with Spurn Bird Observatory staff 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 their characteristic calls and vocalisations, learn the skills to get close to them and when and where to look for them!

With over 45 different wader species recorded at Spurn Bird Observatory, including the 1st record of Stilt Sandpiper anywhere in 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 you to get to grips with so you should take away a lot of new ornithological skills


For full details and to book your tickets, please click here

MigFest 2016 Map

Attached you will find a copy of the map of the Kilnsea / Spurn area with all the key Migration Festival locations marked.

MigFest Map 2016

Please download and print out the map and bring it with you for use over the weekend. The map is a PDF file and you will need Adobe Reader to open it once you’ve downloaded it – you can download it for free here.