Ross Back Sands – Lindisfarne NNR

Birdwatching Sites Ross Back Sands – Lindisfarne NNR

Ross Back Sands is a beautiful coastal site to the north of Bamburgh and Budle Bay and to the south of Holy Island.  Like Budle Bay, Ross Back Sands is part of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve and is a great site to view coastal birds.

Key Species to watch out for include Terns in the spring/summer months and Divers, Scoters and Red-necked and Slavonian Grebes in the winter.

Snow Buntings can also put in an appearance in the winter and with the benefit of a telescope, Skua’s and Shearwaters can be seen at times passing by.

A Grey Plover

Due to the exposed nature of this site, visitors are advised to wrap up warm, especially in the winter.



Map Reference

NU 133 370


  • Coastal


From Ross village, walk east towards the sea, then across some farmland and dunes. Not suitable for wheelchair users.


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


Visitors can park in the nearby Ross village.