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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.  Joining instructions can be found here!

News & Events

Migweek 2020

Migweek 2020

September 11, 2020
Migweek is an annual event open to the public, celebrating the amazing world of bird migration! Because of the ongoing pandemic, we’re doing things differently this year and running our programme virtually – thanks to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, who are kindly hosting us (online this time!) so we can continue to celebrate and share the wonders of…

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Recent Daily Highlights

19th September 2020

19th September 2020

A moderate north-easterly wind featured throughout a sunny day, with temperatures reaching 16 degrees C. During the seawatch, 20 Red-throated Divers, five Sooty Shearwaters, a Great Crested Grebe, one Grey Plover and 17 Dunlin flew south, two Pomarine Skuas and a juvenile Little Gull flew north, whilst five Bonxies and nine Arctic Skuas were also…
18th September 2020

18th September 2020

An easterly wind increased in strength during a day featuring prolonged sunny intervals and temperatures that reached 16 degrees C. The morning’s seawatch was relatively quiet featuring three Bonxies, three Arctic Skuas, a juvenile Long-tailed Skua that flew north, one Medierranean Gull and a first-winter Caspian Gull. Seawatching aside, a Goosander overflew Lighthouse Road, a…
17th September 2020

17th September 2020

Light easterly winds, prolonged sunny intervals and temperatures that reached 16 degrees C; a perfect day for an afternoon arrival of drift migrants and so it proved. Highlights included three Red-breasted Flycatchers (Old Fall, outer head garden, RSPB Bempton Cliffs), two Barred Warblers (Golf Course Willows), five Yellow-browed Warblers (Buckton, RSPB Bempton Cliffs, South Landing…
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