6 Days to Go….

It’s just 6 days to go now before tickets for this years Spurn Migration Festival go on sale. Tickets will be available to purchase from Monday 29th May via the website and by telephone as well. For details of ticket types and prices – see here

The main speaker for the Saturday evening lecture is Ian Newton OBE author of Bird Migration (Collins New Naturalist Library) talking about the wonders of bird migration – one not to be missed!

Just 7 Days to Go!

Wryneck – © Steve Valentine

It’s just 7 days to go now before tickets for this years Spurn Migration Festival go on sale. Tickets will be available to purchase from Monday 29th May via the website and by telephone as well. For details of ticket types and prices – see here

Don’t miss out on “THE” birding event of the autumn!

Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder Of The Year 2017

2016 Finalists & Judging Panel

As part of the Spurn Bird Observatory 2017 Migration Festival, the observatory, the Next Generation Birders (NGB) and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) are once again running a competition to find the Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder of The Year. The competition is named in honour of the late Martin Garner, one of Britain’s top birding experts, and a former Spurn Bird Observatory committee member. This is the third year of this very prestigious contest, open to all young British birders.

If you will be aged sixteen or under on Saturday 9 September 2017, and know the difference between a Meadow Pipit and Tree Pipit, and feel you can communicate this to someone else, you probably have what it takes to enter. Any young birder is eligible to apply by filling in the competition questionnaire online, answering questions such as whether or not you have a local patch, where you go birding further afield and if you can tell the difference between the songs of Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat.

The online questionnaire is the first part of the competition. Four entrants will be chosen to take part in the final that will be held on Saturday 9 September at the Spurn Migration Festival. During that day they will answer questions on bird identification and distribution and be observed doing a visible migration watch and a seawatch, two challenging types of birding.

Nick Whitehouse, Spurn Bird Observatory competition judge, said, “Spurn Bird Observatory wants to encourage young birders of real ability to develop their skills. Just being able to take part in the Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder of the Year competition will be great fun but also a real and fair test of field knowledge. This is the third year of the competition and so far we have been privileged to meet some extremely talented young birders. Good luck to all the contestants – even if you don’t win you’ll be assured of a warm welcome from all the birders at Spurn.”

All four finalists will need to be available on Saturday 9 September 2017 for the final at Spurn Point, East Yorkshire, and will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. Entry to the Migration Festival and a camping pitch will be provided free for the finalists.

The prizes last year included binoculars, field guides, free membership of Friends of Spurn and much more

Think you have what it takes? Enter today.

Closing date for entries of the questionnaire 30 June 2017

MigFest 2017 Ticket Prices Announced

Prices for the Spurn Migration Festival 2017 have now been finalised and are shown below. Tickets will go on sale on Monday 29th May – the link to the ticketing website will be available from the 29th onwards.

2017 Prices:

  • Weekend Ticket: £27.00
  • Saturday/Sunday Day Tickets: £17.00
  • Hog Roast & Saturday Evening Lecture: £9.00
  • Saturday Evening Lecture Only: £2.00
  • Camping at Westmere Farm: £7.00 per person, per night

Dates for 2017 Festival Announced

We are pleased to announce the dates for the Spurn Migration Festival 2017.

Next years festival will take place on Friday 8th, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September. We are already discussing next years festival where we plan to bring you more top speakers, exhibitors and lots of walks and activities for you to participate in.

Details will be announced over the coming months, so please check back here regularly for updates.

Thank You!!

Well that’s another Spurn Migration Festival over – we hope that you all enjoyed it despite the deluge on Saturday! We think it was our best Migfest yet despite the rain and the feedback has been phenomenal so far.

There are so many people to thank for making it the huge success it was – too many to name individually, but a big THANK YOU to the BTO, Spurn Bird Observatory and particularly Sue and Andrew Wells at Westmere Farm and the “Spurn Ladies” for keeping everyone fed and watered over the weekend. Also our major sponsor Swarovski Optik for the Martin Garner Award for Spurn Young Birders. All the presenters for delivering such fantastic talks – especially our international visitors David La Puma, Bjorn Malmhagen, and Michael Lanzone. Thanks to all our exhibitors, especially Rare Bird Alert for providing “Spurn Pagers”, the artists and to all the volunteers who worked so hard over the course of the weekend. And last but not least of course – yourselves for coming along and sharing Migfest with us!

We would welcome any feedback you that may have about this year’s festival. Is there anything you’d like to see in future festivals? We can’t promise of course, but we’d like to hear from you – however sadly we can’t do anything about the weather! Please use the “Contact Us” function on the website to drop us an email.

The dates for next year’s festival will be announced on the website in due course – please keep checking back here.