Ten years in the planning, Flamborough’s Seawatch Observatory was completed in 2019. Situated immediately south of the Fog Station, the building offers panoramic views of the seascape south-east of the headland. It provides visitors with a safe place to watch the thousands of seabirds that fly past Flamborough each day. Seals and porpoises are also seen regularly, with whales and dolphins recorded every year.
A great many organisations and individuals kindly contributed toward the build costs, including: British Birds Charitable Trust, the Garganey Trust, Green Future Building, Landfill Tax and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. This support was augmented by the financial generosity of Flamborough Bird Observatory members and the wider birding community; the latter including our friends at Filey & Spurn Bird Observatories.
Access is for all visitors keen to study the birds and cetaceans passing the headland, whether a member of the ‘Obs’ or not. Managed by Flamborough Bird Observatory in partnership with the Garganey Trust, visitors wishing to use the building should email firstname.lastname@example.org stating the name(s) of the individual(s) in your group, a contact address and mobile number. The key code will be provided to you by email along with some basic instructions. While we endeavour to be as accommodating as possible, if you are planning to use the Observatory, please email your key code request two to seven days before your intended visit. The code will be changed regularly, so previous users will need to check the current combination.