The Seawatch Observatory and Thornwick Pools Hide
Both facilities now open subject to a strict limit of six persons.
Should the government’s route out of lockdown roll out as expected, all capacity limits will be withdrawn on Monday, 19th July.

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

20th June 2021

20th June 2021

Light north-easterly winds throughout a day that started overcast and ended with sunny intervals; temperatures reached 14 degrees C. Seawatch highlights included 206 Common Scoters, 13 Manx Shearwaters, three Sandwich Terns and a Bonxie. Four Green Sandpipers hinted at return passage, as were a couple of Curlew heading south-west. A lone Wheatear was also a…
19th June 2021

19th June 2021

Light onshore winds throughout, with sunny intervals and temperatures peaking at 15 degrees C. A total of 25 Manx Shearwaters and six Sandwich Terns were recorded on the seawatch. Sightings from RSPB Bempton Cliffs included 20 Manx Shearwaters, a Mediterranean Gull and a Bonxie.
18th June 2021

18th June 2021

An overcast day, with persistent rain from mid-morning in relatively light north-east winds. Seawatch highlights included five Eiders south, 12 Manx Shearwaters and a first-summer Mediterranean Gull north, 18 Sandwich Terns south and two Arctic Terns north. The Old Fall circuit interest included a calling Cuckoo, a juvenile Mistle Thrush and two juvenile Stonechats; two…
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