Jutting eight miles into the North Sea, Flamborough offers an unparalleled location from which to study seabird passage. Unfortunately, many such species are declining due to climate change and additional pressures, such as plastic pollution. We urgently need to monitor their numbers into the future.
Local vantage points, formerly used to gather such information, are getting ever more precarious. In addition, studying seabird movements in the worst weather conditions is often untenable. Ironically, it is at such times that passage is at its most intense, and it is essential we record numbers during such periods.
To secure the future of seabird recording at Flamborough, including our threatened Puffins and Kittiwakes, a purpose-built shelter is required. Organisations worked together for over two years to identify the most suitable site, with East Yorkshire Council's Planning Committee giving the project the green light in spring 2018.
Positioned near the Fog Station, the observatory will provide a safe location for locals, visitors and school parties to study seabirds, whales and seals. The building will be accessible to all, with public access and a covered veranda. It will offer panoramic views and shelter from the very worst North Sea weather.
The Observatory will cost £46,000. Our fundraising efforts got off to a fantastic start when we secured a £26,000 Landfill Tax grant. However, this grant must be spent before the end of October or will be lost. It is vital, therefore, that we raise the remaining balance of £20,000 over the next four weeks to bring this exciting project to fruition.
Please watch this video to learn more about our appeal.
Offline Donations Update-
£562 - A J Building (Hull) LTD- Sponsorship of construction work
£5618-Flamborough Bird Observatory Members
£684-An Evening with Robert Flood Ticket Sales
£300- An Evening with Robert Flood Raffle
£2297- An evening with Robert Flood Auction
£25.40 - Saxby Womens Institute
£48-book sales-offline donation
£60 - map auction-offline donation
£120-Scarborough Birders migweek Talk
£100-Scarborough Birders donation
£97.46-Flamborough Patch birding talk