Saltwell Park – Gateshead

Birdwatching Sites Saltwell Park – Gateshead

A family friendly site in the heart of Gateshead

One of the very best urban parks on Tyneside, which has retained it’s pedal boats for hire, and on-site facilities. The surrounding habitats continue to be well maintained and the park is well used. There are a variety of entrances and exits, many of which are locked as sunset brings darkness to all.  Saltwell Park can be a great site for wildlife photography, as many of the birds and surrounding wildlife are accustomed to company.

There is plenty of seating areas around  and with a little patience and care birds often come to check out those relaxing nearby. Picnics are perfect at this site, as there are large flat areas of grassland, and amazing views.

Surrounded by the
sounds of nature.

The rose garden and woodland walk are also particularly recommended.  Gulls frequently enjoy the lake, whilst a small population of Canada Geese, continues to grow.  Mallards remain loyal and have been joined by Tufted Ducks and in recent years Little Grebe have settled.  Common Terns, Cormorants and Grey Herons visit at times.

As the seasonal clock turns, Redwings and Fieldfares arrive in the autumn/winter months, whilst House Martins, Swallows and Swifts race past in the spring and summer.  The man made freshwater lake is always packed with wildlife all year round. The surrounding well established woodland and grassland is home to a wide variety of birds, which can include Great Spotted Woodpecker and Nuthatch.

Grey Squirrel are common, especially close to the rose garden. Jay are also present at times.  There is also an area which houses some caged small animals and birds.  Butterflies and Dragonflies at times can be found especially, to the east of the park.  There is a small area which contains some bird feeders and a screen hide, which attracts Blue, Coal, Great and Long-tailed Tits, Bullfinches, Chaffinches and Greenfinches, as well as Dunnocks and Robins.

In present times, Moorhens are more common and these have been joined by Coots.

Coots in a territorial display

Ring-necked Parakeets have not arrived yet from the Newcastle side of the river, however various individuals were noted as of autumn 2022 in Gateshead and even as far as
Chester-le-street in Durham.

During the summer months, various activities are organised for families, and the play park is always popular. The surrounding woodland is well established and benefits from a wide variety of trees and plants. At one time a turtle was reported, but like the loch ness monster it has become a creature of legend.


Gateshead, Tyne & Wear.


  • Freshwater Pond
  • Woodland
  • Grassland


There is free access to the park.


There are toilets and a cafe within the park.


There is  free parking nearby.