14th September , 2020

The latest government guidelines with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic reads: “From Monday 14th September, you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than six.” Please refer to:

If you are from an area that is under local lockdown, you should follow your local advice when travelling into, out of and within these areas and national advice if not. Please consider whether you should be travelling to the headland potentially putting your fellow birders and our small communities at risk.

The popularly termed ‘rule of six’ applies to recreational activities outside such as birding. We have a duty to communicate to the Friends of FBO and visiting birders that they should adhere to the ‘rule of six’ at all times. Do not congregate in large numbers in the Flamborough headland area, and always practice social distancing, which could be difficult in parts, especially in reference to pathways and hides. Please consider others at this challenging time and always ask yourself if your behaviour constitutes ‘best practice’. This will mean checking the availability of space in hides before entering, and bearing in mind others who may also want to use these facilities.

Please remember that all birders, whether Friends of FBO or not, are effectively seen as representatives of the Observatory by local residents, businesses, landowners and visitors. All of our actions reflect on the reputation of the Observatory so please be respectful towards those who live and work here and display the best standards of practice and behaviour at all times.

In the event of a rarity turning up here, we would appreciate cooperation from all birders towards making sure that the viewing arrangements do not contravene the latest government guidelines.

While the Seawatching Observatory remains open, access is strictly limited to a maximum of six people adhering to social distancing and with additional hygiene requirements in place. The bottom hide at Thornwick Pools is also open subject to social distancing which may be difficult, especially along the approach path. Any evidence of irresponsible behaviour creating risks for locals and other visitors and we will consider restricting or removing access.

If we all respect the guidelines and each other, there is no reason why an otherwise challenging autumn should not be both enjoyable and safe for all involved.

Many thanks in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Flamborough Bird Observatory Trustees