Seabird breeding colonies
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.
Mainland 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
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
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