COVID-19
Please take time to read the latest Observatory update in relation to COVID-19 before visiting the area

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!

Click here for full details of recent daily highlights

Recent Daily Highlights

19th October 2020

19th October 2020

An increasingly blustery south-westerly wind was a feature of a day with prolonged sunny intervals and temperatures that peaked at 13 degrees C. Seawatching highlights included three Shoveler, a Goldeneye and a Mediterranean Gull flying south, whilst a Sandwich Tern headed in the opposite direction. Two Grey Wagtails were also seen at the Fog Station.…
18th October 2020

18th October 2020

The weather comprised light north-north-westerly winds, sunny intervals and light showers; temperatures only reached nine degrees C. Two Red-breasted Mergansers that flew south were the highlight of a relatively quiet seawatch. Yesterday’s Red-flanked Bluetail remained on the cliff edge at Beacon Hill, a Radde’s Warbler made a brief appearance in the north-west corner of Thornwick…
17th October 2020

17th October 2020

Light/moderate northerly winds persisted, with overcast skies during the morning and sunny intervals later; temperatures peaked at 13 degrees C. The highlight was the late afternoon discovery of a Red-flanked Bluetail on the cliff top at Beacon Hill where it showed well until dusk. A Radde’s Warbler near North Dykes represented the first record of…
Show More