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Birding Discovery Day – Spurn Observatory in North Yorkshire, England
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Birding Discovery Day - Spurn Observatory in North Yorkshire, England

Join us on an exciting, full-day Birding Discovery Day at one of the best bird observatories in the entire United Kingdom - here in Yorkshire!

Spurn’s unique combination of geography, habitat and location combine to attract, 'funnel' and concentrate migratory birds in a small, bird-rich area. It’s the stuff of dreams!

You're literally surrounded by productive habitats, teaming with birds, from tiny Goldcrests and Yellow-browed Warblers to breath-taking, vocal flocks of Whooper Swans and arctic geese. From squadrons of Scandinavian Redwings, Fieldfares and Bramblings to Long-eared and Short-eared Owls arriving off the North Sea.  And in Spring there's nowhere like Spurn for continental 'overshoots', including Bee-eaters, Golden Orioles and even rare swifts...

But that’s not all! There are literally hundreds of thousands of shorebirds such as Red Knot, Bar-tailed Godwit, Eurasian Curlew and Grey Plover (to name a few). Masses of wading birds right by us on the Humber Estuary, plus you may even see some real rarities such as Siberian Accentor, Two-barred Warbler, Masked Shrike, Dusky Warbler, Long-billed Dowitcher and many more!

If that’s not enough, you may spot Merlins, Peregrines and Harriers patrolling the area for lunch too!

One thing is for sure, you’ll be in the thick of the action! We have many contacts and expert guides who know where to go so you’ll get the best possible experience.

Our small group sizes (5 guests plus guide) mean you’ll have ample opportunity to learn about bird species, take photographs and travel at a more leisurely pace. We welcome anyone from beginners to the more experienced, which when in a small group, feels like you’re part of a team.

These are incredible days not to be missed!

YCN make a large donation to Spurn Bird Observatory every year from the profits of our trips. To see how your trip makes a difference Click Here

Highlights

Species you may see:

Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Pink-footed Goose, Whooper Swan, Eurasian Wigeon, Eurasian Teal, Northern Pintail, Arctic Tern, Common Tern, Little Tern, Sandwich Tern, Arctic Skua, Great Skua, Red Knot, Bar-tailed Godwit, Eurasian Curlew, Grey Plover, European Golden Plover, Redwing, Fieldfare, Ring Ouzel, Pied Flycatcher, Common Redstart, Black Redstart, Yellow-browed Warbler, Willow Warbler, Common Chiffchaff, Siberian Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Brambling, Snow Bunting, Lapland Bunting, Long-eared Owl, Short-eared Owl, Whooper Swan.

  • Professional, local expert guide with a lifetime of birding knowledge in Yorkshire
  • Being taken to the thick of the birding action!
  • A small group of 6, creating great opportunities to interact with your guide
  • Beginners are very welcome too!
  • Learn more about bird species
  • A full day out with lots of opportunities for photography - a great take-home souvenir!
  • An interactive and free Yorkshire Wildlife Checklist so you tick things off as you go
Alternative Tour Name: Birding Discovery Day Spurn Migrants Yorkshire, England
Day 1
Full day

We’ll start our day at 08.30, stop for lunch around 12.30-13.15 and aim to finish at 16.30.

We will spend a day exploring the Spurn Bird Observatory area trying to see as many migrant species as we can. We will move between the most productive areas, which depends on weather conditions, client requests and up to the minute bird networks sightings.

Full joining instructions will be given when you book.

Wildlife species you may see:

Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Pink-footed Goose, Whooper Swan, Eurasian Wigeon, Eurasian Teal, Northern Pintail, Arctic Tern, Common Tern, Little Tern, Sandwich Tern, Arctic Skua, Great Skua, Red Knot, Bar-tailed Godwit, Eurasian Curlew, Grey Plover, European Golden Plover, Redwing, Fieldfare, Ring Ouzel, Pied Flycatcher, Common Redstart, Black Redstart, Yellow-browed Warbler, Willow Warbler, Common Chiffchaff, Siberian Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Brambling, Snow Bunting, Lapland Bunting, Long-eared Owl, Short-eared Owl, Whooper Swan.

What is included?

  • Being taken to the thick of the birding action!
  • Visit to the UK’s BEST bird observatory
  • Professional, local expert guide with a lifetime of birding knowledge in Yorkshire
  • A small group of 6, creating great opportunities to interact with your guide
  • Learn more about bird species
  • A full day out with lots of opportunities for photography - a great take-home souvenir!
  • An interactive and free Yorkshire Wildlife Checklist so you tick things off as you go

What is not included?

  • Food and drink
  • Entrance fees
  • Parking fees
  • Transport not included

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What to bring?

Food and drink, warm and waterproof clothing, sturdy footwear, binoculars* (a telescope is useful but not essential). *Please note you can hire binoculars for £10 per day. Bookable in advance only

Why book with Yorkshire Coast Nature?

Yorkshire Coast Nature (YCN) is a small independent nature tourism company. Every member of our team lives locally and is passionate about wildlife. We believe strongly in delivering eco-tourism with a direct benefit for wildlife and provide annual grants to nature conservation organisations. So when you use one of our services you can be assured that you are helping wildlife.

The small print: wildlife sightings, booking amendments and cancellations

Yorkshire Coast Nature cannot guarantee specific wildlife sightings as nature is unpredictable. Changes to booking dates can only be made at least 28 days in advance of your booking. This allows us an opportunity to fill your place. Cancellations and amendments within 28 days of your booked tour date are non-refundable.

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This tour is operated by: Yorkshire Coast Nature
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Tour Facts

  • Spurn Bird Observatory, East Yorkshire
  • On Request
  • Full Day Trip
  • Birds
  • 4 pax
  • 8 hours
  • May, Oct to Nov
  • +8 years
  • Leisurely
  • No
  • English
  • Heathrow Airport
  • Heathrow Airport