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

18th January 2022

18th January 2022

The weather consisted of sunny intervals, a light south-west wind and temperatures peaking at six degrees C. Most attention was focused on the cliff top fields at Buckton that hosted…

17th January 2022

17th January 2022

A sunny day, with a light westerly wind and temperatures reaching a mild nine degrees C. A Tundra Bean Goose flew north-east over South Landing early morning. Thornwick Pools/North Marsh…

16th January 2022

16th January 2022

The weather consisted of relatively light westerly winds, sporadic sunny intervals and temperatures that reached seven degrees C. There was evidence of several species of wildfowl on the move, headlined…

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Obvious highlights were 3 Shorelark, 30 Lapland Bunting and 50 Corn Buntings at Buckton also 221 Teal, 19 Sanderling and 2 Grey Partridge. https://t.co/7RQ7h679Gs
On a chilly walk back from Buckton Cliffs @FlamboroughBird. The cold snap has brought an influx of larks & buntings to the headland stubbles. Three Shorelark graced a flock of Skylarks whilst a roaming gang of 30+ Lapland Buntings foraged amongst Corn Buntings and Yellowhammers. https://t.co/Gcxlcv01IL FlamboroughBird photo
Some more shots from a sunny walk at Flamborough yesterday including a cormorant drying out, a meadow pipit, black-backed gull on the tree and a fulmar @FlamboroughBird @YorksWildlife @Britnatureguide @Bempton_Cliffs #BirdsSeenIn2022 #BBCWildlifePOTD https://t.co/dXP6r9wdEw FlamboroughBird photo
3 Shorelarks, 6 Lapland Bunting and 50+ Corn Buntings in clifftop field north of Buckton @BirdGuides @RareBirdAlertUK
Just received the details of a colour ringed Cormorant at Flamborough last summer... turns out it was ringed two months prior at Wallnau nature reserve in northern Germany! Have recorded plenty of UK colour ringed Shag here but this was the first Cormorant, and its foreign too. https://t.co/NoA6cR32Zk FlamboroughBird photo

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