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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

23rd November 2020

23rd November 2020

The weather consisted of relatively overcast skies after a sunny morning, increasing south-west winds and temperatures that peaked at seven degrees C. Seawatch highlights included 111 Common Scoters, six Pintail (south), three Great Northern Divers (south) and a Sooty Shearwater north. In total, 107 Pink-footed Geese flew south, with additional wildfowl in residence including 44…
22nd November 2020

22nd November 2020

Light westerly winds finally provided respite during a relatively bright day, with temperatures peaking at eight degrees C. A skein of 113 Pink-footed Geese flew south during the seawatch, with other notable sightings from the Fog Station including a Long-tailed Duck, four Great Northern Divers and two Bonxies. In addition to the seawatch record, a…
21st November 2020

21st November 2020

A relatively overcast day, with sunny intervals and light showers in the afternoon, moderate/strong south-west winds and temperatures that reached 12 degrees C. A Black-throated Diver south past the Fog Station provided the seawatch highlight, albeit seven Great Northern Divers were also noteworthy. Three Little Gulls also flew south, with a Bonxie moving in the…
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