Coquet Island – RSPB Seabird Sanctuary

Birdwatching Sites Coquet Island – RSPB Seabird Sanctuary

Coquet Island maybe small but it boasts Britain’s largest colony of Roseate Tern and is an important RSPB Seabird Sanctuary.  Approximately 90% of the UK’s population of nesting Roseate Tern choose Coquet island.  These are joined by thousands of Arctic, Common and Sandwich Terns, together with one of our favourite seabirds the Puffin.

This important site is managed by the RSPB. There are wardens present during the summer months to help monitor and protect nesting birds.

Due to the high numbers of seabirds nesting on this small island it has not been possible to open up the islands to allow for members of the public or RSPB members to land on the island.  Coquet Island can be viewed by boat however with Puffin Cruises. Other birds present include Eider, Fulmar and Kittiwake.

An Arctic Tern



Map Reference

NE 65 0DW


  • Coastal


There is no access to the island. Visitors can view the island by boat with Puffin Cruises.


There are toilets at Amble harbour. There are shops and cafes in Amble town centre.


There is parking available at Amble Harbour.

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