Spurn launches lockdown auction


During these troubling times, Spurn Bird Observatory is in need of our friends' support more than ever. Rather than just launch a simple funding page we, as a committee, have decided that the best way to be fair to everyone is to run a series of quizzes, prize draws and auctions which we believe will be much more engaging and provide some entertainment for all, while supporting the Observatory.

The prizes will range in value from a few pounds to several thousand pounds. We are also planning to screen a series of Spurn online talks over the coming weeks that will include subjects related to the Observatory, ID features and assorted birding/migration topics. Please see our chairman's message below.

The Lockdown Quiz series is now up and running; to see the latest instalment and take part, visit www.spurnbirdobservatory.co.uk/news.

And, as part of our new initiative, the first Spurn Bird Obs Lockdown Auction has now been launched! We hope you find something on the auction list that you would like to bid on and enjoy the bidding process. We have numerous high-value items up for auction, detailed below.

This is an online auction, with bids sent to sbotauctions@gmail.com (full instructions below; each item has a reserve on it and won't be sold unless that reserve is met). You will be notified by email to confirm your bid initially and if you are the highest bidder and if/when you get outbid.

The first auction will run until 20:00 on 24 April 2020. Whomever is the highest bidder at this point wins the item and will be requested to pay via PayPal (bank transfer, cheque etc also accepted).

Due to the current lockdown situation, there may be a slight delay in getting some of the items to the winning bidder, however if this is the case then we won't request the money until the item can be posted or collected. As some of the items are quite large they may be collection only, but this can be arranged via email with the winning bidder, but please keep this in mind when bidding.

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Items in the first auction include:

  • Swarovski Optik 8x30 Companion Binoculars;
  • A complete Set of Spurn Rarity Pin Badges, with Siberian Accentor, Masked Shrike, Ivory Gull and Great Snipe;
  • An original 'Spurn Lighthouse with waders' painting by Ray Scally;
  • One full-day private photography course with Martin Standley;
  • A four-night stay for two people (room only) at Baan Maka Nature Lodge in Kaeng Krachan, Thailand;
  • A Friends of Spurn Single Lifetime Membership;
  • A Friends of Spurn Family Lifetime Membership;
  • A Dragonfly metalwork sculpture by the famous Mandy Rush;
  • An original Great Spotted Woodpecker painting by George Edwards; 
  • An original Ortolan Bunting painting by Alan Harris;
  • An original Crested Tit painting by George Edwards;
  • A copy of MacMillan Birder's Guide to European and Middle Eastern Birds
  • A £200 discount voucher for a 'Birding Abroad' holiday.



  1. To place a bid on an item, simply email sbotauctions@gmail.com and state your bid, referring to the item above in your email.
  2. You will then recieve and email to confirm your bid has been received and whether or not you are the highest bidder and/or when you get outbid.
  3. At the end of the auction we will email all winning bidders to confirm they have won the item and arrange postage/payment etc.

Special thanks to all those that have supported the Observatory by donating some of these amazing items for us to auction off. We are very thankful in these hard times. We hope you enjoy this auction, please dig deep and help support the Observatory while also winning valuable prizes. Any questions about items in the auction can be sent to sbotauctions@gmail.com.

Keep an eye on the Observatory website and social media channels for the latest news on other auctions, prize draws and events. A huge thank you to everyone who has taken part and helped keep the Spurn Bird Observatory ship afloat. All that's left to say is Stay Home, Stay Safe, Saves Lives and protect the NHS.

Written by: Spurn Bird Observatory

Spurn Bird Observatory is Britain's most exciting east coast birding location and has provided accommodation for nearly sixty years for thousands of people who enjoy watching birds and other wildlife. Keep up to date with the Observatory on Twitter: @spurnbirdobs