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BirdWatching 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.


Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside

Birdwatching Sites – North of the Tyne and the Wall

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Habitat Labels - Birdwatching Sites UK

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 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.

Freshwater Pond, Lake Or Reservoir.

Arcot Pond   Backworth Pond    Big Waters NR  Bolam Lake CP  Bothal Pond   Capheaton  Cresswell Pond NR
Druridge Bay CP   Druridge Pools   East Chevington NR   Ellington Pond NR    Exhibition Park   Gosforth Park NR
Hauxley NR   Holywell Pond NR    Killingworth Lake   Leazes Park   Marden Quarry   Newton Pool NR
Queen Elizabeth II  CP   Rising Sun CP & Swallow Pond NR   Whittle Dene Reservoirs


Amble    Bamburgh & Stag Rocks    Budle Bay    Coquet Island    Craster & Dunstanburgh    Druridge Bay
Farne Islands    Holy Island    Newbiggin By The Sea    North Shields Fish Quay    Ross Back Sands
Seaton Sluice     St Mary’s Island & Wetland    Tyne Esturary    Tynemouth Haven


Allen Banks    Briar Dene    Holywell Dene    Jesmond Dene    Northumberland Park
Plessey Woods    Wallsend Burn, Dene & Parks


Castle Island   Corbridge    Hexham – Tyne Green CP    Morpeth    Walker Riverside Park


Kielder Water & Forest Park


Grindon Lough NR    Prestwick Carr    Wheetslade Country Park

New Content

Many of the sites listed above will be updated early 2019.  More sites will be inserted for the more Northern areas of Northumberland over the coming months.  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 very soon.

Bird Watching Sites UK – Explorer

A new section is being designed which will feature some of the UK’s most exciting ‘bird watching sites’, from all over the UK. It is also hoped in the future to extend this site to include locations for southern Scotland, Cumbria and North Yorkshire. Please follow us on @BirdWatchingUK to hear about new sites which have been added etc.