Budle Bay – Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve

Birdwatching Sites Budle Bay – Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve

Budle Bay is part of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve.  The Bay is 13 miles to the south of Holy Island and 2½ miles to the north of Bamburgh.  Visitors can park adjacent to the Bay for free, however places are limited.

The site contains a wide expanse of mud flats, which are exposed during low tides.  A good variety of Waders and Wildfowl can be found and in large numbers, especially during the winter months.  These include Brent and Barnacle Geese; Grey Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit and Purple Sandpiper.

A Barnacle Goose

In recent times Little Egrets also regularly put in an appearance and the site has been a favourite for wintering  Spotted Redshanks.  Other key species to watch out for include Snow Bunting, Shelducks and a good variety of summer migrants.

Visitors can view the bay from/close to their cars and many birds can easily be identified with just binoculars.  A telescope is recommended for more thorough viewing however.  Due to the exposed nature of this site, it is always best to bring warm clothing etc.  and a folding seat, can be great for extended viewing.



Map Reference

NU 150 360


  • Coastal
  • Grassland


There is free access to the site.


There are toilets, shops and cafes in the nearby town of Bamburgh.


There is limited free parking available to the side of the B1342.