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!

Events

Details of the Nocturnal Wildlife Weekend are now available here.

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Recent Daily Highlights

8th August 2022

8th August 2022

A sunny day, with light onshore winds and temperatures peaking at 21 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included 37 Manx Shearwaters, a Mediterranean Gull, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 45 Sandwich Terns…

7th August 2022

7th August 2022

Sunny throughout, with a light/moderate westerly wind and temperatures peaking at 24 degrees C. An arrival of 49 Willow Warblers took place on the outer head, where a lone Wheatear…

6th August 2022

6th August 2022

There were sunny intervals throughout, with a light wind initially westerly in direction veering south-easterly later, and temperatures peaked at 18 degrees C. The morning’s seawatch was quiet, with notable…

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A Greenshank on Thornwick pools this morning, no long lens with me today, just improvisation, a phone shot through my binoculars, not sure why the focal length looks so far away though! Also nice to see Dunlin and Yellow Wagtails @FlamboroughBird https://t.co/2Tre4GMdye FlamboroughBird photo
Red-tailed Shrike again this morning along permissive path east of Staple Newk view point (marked in red). Park at @Bempton_Cliffs and follow clifftop path @BirdGuides @RareBirdAlertUK https://t.co/Uz5k7Kzfb9 FlamboroughBird photo
Red-tailed Shrike still near @Bempton_Cliffs also 3 Marsh Harrier over with another on the outer head and a mixed bag on the seawatch . https://t.co/xeLOL3rtiG
Stunning close encounter with the Red Tailed (aka Turkestan) Shrike this morning which popped up onto the Kissing Gate post as I was getting to it!!!
Very Smart Bird! Six weeks ago today that it was found…
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@nybirdnews https://t.co/1kLEopiTdq
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Red-tailed Shrike again this morning along permissive path east of Staple Newk view point (marked in red). Park at @Bempton_Cliffs and follow clifftop path @BirdGuides @RareBirdAlertUK https://t.co/aLqVlM7eq7 FlamboroughBird photo