The area surrounding Flamborough is renowned for having the largest mainland seabird colony in Britain, a reputation for having top drawer seawatching and not least it is a fantastic place to witness bird migration and see small birds such as thrushes, warblers and chats making landfall after crossing the North Sea.

Flamborough Bird Observatory is one of only twenty bird observatories located at key migration hotspots in Britain and Ireland. It is run by a team of dedicated enthusiastic volunteers whose aims include studying bird populations and and recording migration.  The Observatory’s recording area is broadly the same as the Flamborough Headland Heritage Coast and encompasses the whole area east of Danes Dyke including the village of Flamborough and also, west of Danes Dyke, the neighbouring settlements of Bempton, Buckton and Speeton on the north side of the headland and and Marton and Sewerby on the south. 

The Observatory is also involved in creating and maintaining habitats for wildlife, and promoting conservation in the local community.

As a registered charity, the Observatory’s work is reliant upon the help and goodwill of our Friends and volunteers. If you would like to support us, please become a Friend of Flamborough Bird Observatory.  You can join online and become a Friend in seconds by completing the forms for your personal details and payment here!


Daily Summaries

    19th May 2024

    19th May 2024

    The sea fret finally relented resulting in prolonged sunny intervals, a blustery northerly…

    18th May 2024

    18th May 2024

    A sea fret continued to dominate, albeit at its worst on the very…

    17th May 2024

    17th May 2024

    Light onshore winds pushed a sea fret ashore again; it lingered over the…

    16th May 2024

    16th May 2024

    Generally overcast with spells of rain and a sea fret during the middle…

    15th May 2024

    15th May 2024

    An overcast day, with spells of light rain, gentle winds and a top…

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