Bird Watching Sites

An Interactive Guide To Birdwatching Sites in the North East of England

There is a good selection of habitats in the north east of England, which are home to over a hundred species of birds, which are present all year round. As the seasons clock turns, these are joined by dozens of migrants every year.  Some travel from far away shores, to build their nests, and raise their young to bring life to the next generation. Many others stop off for a short break; ‘bird tourists’, passing through.

A Shoveler - Newcastle upon Tyne

A Shoveler

The purpose of this website is to share some of the ‘Best Birdwatching Sites’ with visiting and local birdwatchers.

How many of the sites listed have you visited? Are there any where you would like to learn more about access and facilities?

A Great Spotted Woodpecker - Northumberland - Birdwatching Sites

A Great Spotted Woodpecker

Are there any birds you have not seen yet? By increasing the range and variety of the habitats you choose to visit to birdwatch, there is always a greater chance of recording a greater selection of species of birds.

Facilities such as bird hides, nearby toilets and cafes, can also improve the experience greatly.


  Birdwatching Sites – North of the Tyne and the Wall   

Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside

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Hadrian's Wall - Northumberland

Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland

There are over fifty ‘Birdwatching Sites‘ listed for ‘Northumberland‘, ‘North Tyneside‘ and ‘Newcastle‘.

To read about a site, simply hover over a site marker on the map above, click the mouse and a box will appear, which shows a small photo and a link which you can click on for more details.  Alternatively there is a full list below with hyperlinks to all the sites which are included in this online resource. Each site has an interactive map, which helps show the location and any facilities, such as parking, toilets or bird hides which may be available.

Kittiwakes upon the Tyne

Please help show your support for the Tyne Kittiwakes by following @KittiwakesTyne  Any support would be greatly appreciated to help safeguard the breeding colonies of Kittiwakes along the River Tyne.  We are also encouraging other organisations/website owners to share/swap links, which will further help raise awareness for our ‘Tyne Kittiwakes’.

A brand new website is also now available ‘‘  This will help raise awareness for what is
The Furthest Inland Colony of Kittiwakes in the World‘ and host a diary where we will share their journey
and progress from Spring 2019.

Natural Newbiggin

Newbiggin-by-the-Sea sits on a headland which juts into the North Sea. It is well placed for observing seabird and wildfowl passage and it is a superb site for migrant bird passage in the Spring and Autumn.  Since the late 1980s almost 300 species of birds have been recorded ranking it one of the UK’s top birdwatching sites.

There is a website specially dedicated to ‘The Fauna, Flora and Geology of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea‘.

This can be found at Natural Newbiggin

New Content

Many of the sites listed above will be updated during 2019 and some additional sites will be added. Are there any which you feel, you would like to see included in this online resource? There will also be some short video clips, which showcase some of the regions ‘very best’ and most ‘popular’ sites.

South of the Tyne

Durham, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Teeside.
These sites are currently being developed and content will start to appear here in the near future.