The Seawatch Observatory and Thornwick Pools Hide
Both facilities will reopen on Monday, 17th May subject to a strict limit of six persons.
Should the government’s route out of lockdown roll out as expected, all capacity limits will be withdrawn on Monday, 21st June.

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 encompasses the village of Flamborough and the neighbouring settlements of Bempton, Buckton and Speeton.  In addition, 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!

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Recent Daily Highlights

14th May 2021

14th May 2021

Light northerly winds throughout, with overcast skies and spells of persistent light rain, especially in the morning; temperatures reached nine degrees C. Two Dotterel were located in a field near Sykes Plantation mid-morning and remained in situ for several hours; nearby, the Hoopoe continued to show occasionally in the Gorse Field. Elsewhere, a Hobby hunted…
13th May 2021

13th May 2021

Sunny skies until mist/overcast developed from late afternoon, a light easterly wind and temperatures that peaked at 13 degrees C. The day’s highlight related to the discovery of a male Golden Oriole that flew in off the sea at Old Fall before alighting in the plantation; although it sang briefly, it soon departed. Nearby, the…
12th May 2021

12th May 2021

Relatively light winds backed from a south-westerly to a south-easterly direction during a day of sunny intervals and temperatures that reached 13 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included 40 Common Scoters, a Greenshank, 11 Sandwich Terns and a Common Tern moving south, with single Red-throated Diver and Manx Shearwater heading north. The Hoopoe only showed sporadically…
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