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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

21st April 2021

21st April 2021

The weather consisted of moderate north-north-easterly winds, sunny intervals and temperatures peaking at nine degrees C. Seven Eiders and 21 Sandwich Terns flew south during the seawatch, while a lone Manx Shearwaters moved north. Notable passerine migrants included a Hooded Crow on the Golf Course, the year’s first Whinchat at Thornwick, four Wheatears and a…
20th April 2021

20th April 2021

A light south-easterly wind established during the afternoon of another sunny day, with temperatures reaching ten degrees C. Thornwick Pools hosted two Tufted Ducks and a Little Grebe, with wader interest including single Golden Plover and Ringed Plover along with two Little Ringed Plovers. A creamcrown Marsh Harrier flew west over the village, a Red…
19th April 2021

19th April 2021

Sunny skies again featured during a day of light onshore winds and temperatures that reached nine degrees C. Two Tufted Ducks, a Bar-tailed Godwit and 43 Sandwich Terns flew south during the seawatch, with two Manx Shearwaters heading in the opposite direction. A small influx of 27 Fieldfare was notable, with other records including 43…
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