A traditional Victorian Park situated between North Shields and Tynemouth, which has recently been refurbished as part of a re-generation project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and supported by a local community group. The park is home to Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers and Blackcaps during the spring/summer months and variety of woodland birds all year round.
As the park is relatively close to the coast, migrants/vagrants at times visit as they are passing through such as Yellow-browed Warblers and Flycatchers. The park is popular with the local residents, but not well visited by birders at this time.
Recent highlights have included a Mandarin in 2014 and some Ring-necked Parakeets in 2016.
“A Firecrest has wintered for the last few years
which has been very popular with birdwatchers”.
There is a small lake in the centre of the park, which is home to Mallards and Moorhens.
Other birds present can include Grey Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper, Mistle and Song Thrush. Redwing and Fieldfare’s can also be recorded in the winter.
Grey Squirrels can be seen climbing nearby trees at times and are featured on the parks ‘wildlife display boards’. They are very much welcomed by the local residents and park users.
Tyne & Wear, North Tyneside.
- Freshwater Pond
There is free access to the park and it is suitable for accompanied wheelchairs.
There are toilets and shops in the nearby towns of North Shields and Tynemouth.
There are spaces for cars to park close to Northumberland Park.
The site is maintained by North Tyneside Council.
For more information please visit the councils website at www.northtyneside.gov.uk
There is also a voluntary community group, which is helping with the regeneration of the park Friends of Northumberland Park