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Spurn Migration Festival

Friday, 6 September 2024
8 September
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Come and say hello to the BDS team at this year’s Spurn Migration Festival!

Spurn Bird Observatory Trust (SBOT) and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) are proud to
announce the 11th Spurn Migration Festival, to be held at Spurn Bird Observatory on the East
Yorkshire coast from 6th to 8th September 2024.
The brainchild of two Spurn stalwarts, Martin Garner and Andy Roadhouse, the festival has become
one of the most popular events on the birding calendar. With something for everyone, it features
everything from guided walks to headline talks by guest speakers. Exhibitors’ stalls will offer optics,
books, artwork, holidays, and wildbird food amongst other things, whilst the famous Spurn Ladies will
provide delicious, very reasonably priced food throughout.
Once again, this year’s festival, held jointly by SBOT and the BTO, will include a competition to find the
Martin Garner Spurn Young Birder of the year – the competition named in Martin’s honour. Open to
all young birders up to the age of 16, the winner of the Senior category (14 to16 year olds) will receive
a brand new pair of Swarovski binoculars, while the winner of the Junior under14’s category will
receive a brand new pair of Opticron binoculars generously donated by Swarovski Optik and Opticron
The weekend will feature a variety of walks focusing on bird migration and identification, bats, and
plants. Seawatching and ‘vis-migging’ (witnessing visual migration) will no doubt be the highlight for
many. There will be bird ringing demonstrations, photography workshops, and art classes run by
renowned artist Darren Woodhead. This year’s Andy Roadhouse Memorial Lecture will be given by
guest speaker, Nigel Marven.
From its humble beginnings in 2013, the Spurn Migration Festival has continued to grow year on year.
With the beauty of Spurn as its backdrop, the festival promises to be a celebration of the natural
world and a testament to the vision of its founders.
For further information about the festival, including ticket purchases and a full programme of events,
please visit the Spurn Migration Festival website. Prices start from £23 for a day ticket and £65 for a
full package. Under 18’s day tickets are free.