Bamburgh & Stag Rocks

Birdwatching Sites Bamburgh & Stag Rocks

Famous for it’s historic castle, beautiful beaches and scenic views, Bamburgh is also a favourite for spring/autumn migrants and is a great location to view seabirds.  It is close to Seahouses and the large sea bird colonies of the Farne Islands.  Bamburgh is 2½ miles to the south of Budle Bay and 18½ miles to the south of Holy Island.

A popular birding site at Bamburgh is Stag Rocks which sits just to the north of the castle and can easily be identified by a painting of a white stag on the rocks.  Stag Rocks is particularly good for birding in the winter.

A Turnstone

Over the years birders have flocked to Bamburgh to catch up with visiting rarities which have included Grey Phalarope, White-rumped Sandpiper and Hoopoe.

Key species to watch out for include Great Northern, Black throated and Red-throated Divers; Slavonian and Red-necked Grebes; Common and Velvet Scoters, Eider and Long-tailed Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, Shag and Cormorant.  There are also a good variety of waders, such as  Bar-tailed Godwit, Purple Sandpiper and Sanderling.

This site can be very busy during the summer with thousands of tourists travelling to enjoy this jewel of Northumberland.

A Rock Pipit



Map Reference

NZ 246 106


  • Coastal


There is free access to the beach and coast.


There are toilets and shops in Bamburgh town centre.


There is free parking available, however this can be limited during busy times, especially during the summer.

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