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The Seawatch Observatory and Thornwick Pools Hide are now closed.
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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

24th February 2021

24th February 2021

A relatively overcast day, with strong southerly winds and very mild temperatures peaking at 15 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included three Eider, two Knot, 13 Dunlin, nine Redshank and a Lesser Black-backed Gull flying south. The Water Rail remained at Thornwick Pools and the male Black Redstart at the Fog Station. The most notable sighting…
23rd February 2021

23rd February 2021

Increasingly strong southerly winds established during a day that featured sunny intervals and increasingly cloudy skies with temperatures reaching ten degrees C. A skein of 60 Pink-footed Geese flew north early morning, a Goosander moved south, whilst three Long-tailed Ducks lingered on the sea off Hartendale. Two Red-legged Partridges frequented Beacon Hill and a total…
22nd February 2021

22nd February 2021

The weather consisted of light variable winds, overcast skies and light rain followed by sunny intervals later and temperatures reaching seven degrees C. During the seawatch a Pintail, 80 Red-throated Divers and a Lesser Black-backed Gull flew south. A northerly movement of Pink-footed Geese occurred during the morning, with a total of 585 birds including…
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