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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

19th January 2021

19th January 2021

Light rain throughout most of an overcast day, with a light west-south-westerly wind and temperatures reaching seven degrees C. Three Shelduck flew south during the seawatch, together with 17 Red-throated Divers, 22 Gannets, two Kittiwakes and two Razorbill. The male Black Redstart also re-appeared at the Fog Station, whilst the Thornwick area attracted a Shelduck,…
18th January 2021

18th January 2021

The weather consisted of moderate south-westerly winds, sunny intervals followed by bright overcast skies and temperatures peaking at five degrees C. The morning seawatch was quiet, although there were indications of increased numbers of Gannets (30) and Razorbills (8), potentially the forerunners of a return to the colony over forthcoming weeks. Wildfowl interest included a…
17th January 2021

17th January 2021

A bright day, with prolonged sunny intervals, a relatively light north-westerly wind and temperatures reaching five degrees C. A northerly movement of 674 Fulmars was the most noteworthy record from the morning seawatch. Another feeding movement of Pink-footed Geese took place, with 570 moving north-west early morning. The outer head also attracted three Woodcock, two…
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