Seabird breeding colonies


puffin (c) Iain Robson
From early spring seabirds being to recolonise breeding areas such as the mainland cliffs, the offshore Islands of the Farnes and secluded beaches and estuaries. To see Puffins, guillemots and kittiwakes nesting alongside Sandwich, common and arctic terns in their thousands is a rich experience and one that should not be tried without the protection of a hat.

The Farne Islands are managed by the National Trust and can be visited by boat trip from Seahouses.


Cullernose Point Seabird Colony (c) Gavin DuthieMainland sites include the spectacular cliffs around Dunstanburgh Castle which are home to fulmars, kittiwakes and Razorbills. Little Terns nest with Arctic Terns on the beach at Long Nanny just north of Newton by the Sea.

Just outside of the AONB, to the south, there is Coquet Island, an RSPB reserve, which holds thousands of puffins and the largest UK colony of rare Roseate Tern.

Coquet Island can be reached by boat from Amble. There is CCTV, beamed back from Coquet into the Northumberland Seabird Centre at Amble.

Why not visit by bus, download the easy to follow itinerary here


To the north of the AONB, and north of Berwick, are the cliffs of Needles Eye. Here is the only mainland colony of Guillemots in Northumberland and they are kept company by fulmars and kittiwakes. These cliffs can be reached by public footpath from Berwick.

The AONB Partnership have produced a guide to Birdwatching in the AONB, click on this link for further details.

The AONB Partnership have developed a number of itineraries to help you discover the Northumberland Coast AONB by bus, the following itineraries are relevant to Seabirds:

Birds By Bus Number 1 – Coquet Island and Coquet Estuary



Northumberland BAP Seabirds Action Plan



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