The Observatory lies off the County Down coast of Northern Ireland at the southern side of the mouth of Belfast Lough. It is one of the British Bird Observatories and is directed and serviced by the British Trust for Ornithology. Its main aim is the collection of data on migratory and breeding birds, which may be used for their general conservation. It is operated on a part-time basis by local amateur ornithologists.

Whether you are a birdwatcher or bird ringer, someone with an interest in plants or animals, a fan of islands or you’d just like to visit and see the place, we’d be delighted to welcome you to the Observatory and give you a tour of the Island.

Please read the open letter from Chris Acheson, Chairperson (for CBO Management Committee) explaining the current financial situation and increase in membership fees. Your support is very important!

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