Kittiwakes upon the Tyne

Initiatives to help raise awareness for the Kittiwakes along the River Tyne

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Is a Greener solution needed?

At this time of climate change, Kittiwake populations are shrinking around the world.  Kittiwakes are now a red-listed species and they need OUR help.  We could be looking at how we can provide support to the Tyne Kittiwakes. 

How can we help the
Tyne Kittiwakes?

 Can we help provide green flagged locations where they can return every year to build their nests.  Artificial structures have been used in the past, such as the ‘Kittiwake Tower‘ which have helped a LOT.  More ambitious projects were considered at the time such as artificial cliffs. 

Kittiwakes trapped in anti-bird netting on the Exchange Buildings 
Newcastle Quayside Summer 2018

Until a more pro-active plan is agreed and developed, the need to help protect ‘Kittiwakes’ along the River Tyne from ‘anti-bird deterrents‘ will remain.  It costs a lot of money to install anti-bird deterrents and they are often very unattractive, especially as they carpet these historic vintage buildings. A ‘greener-solution’ is needed; the designation of a ‘wildlife along the tyne wildlife corridor’ combined, with a specially created landscape for Kittiwakes to nest.

A Kittiwake standing next to Avi-shock
on the Exchange Buidings
Newcastle Quayside – Summer 2019

This would not only help the Kittiwakes; be great for eco-tourism and education, but would also enhance this valuable riverside habitat. Further development of Riverside Park in Walker and the Gateshead Riverside could provide capacity. This would also help improve existing cycle-ways.

“For decades the Tyne Kittiwakes have been moved on and the Newcastle Quayside is becoming fortified against birds with more and more spikes, anti-bird netting and electric shock systems.  This money could be invested instead in a new development to support and provide a be-spoke nesting site for the local population of breeding Kittiwakes.  Other options were considered before the Kittiwake Tower was created.  
This would make more sense in the long term”

– Paul Buskin, Kittiwakes upon the Tyne.

Do you agree?

At present the anti-bird deterrents which are used on buildings along Newcastle Quayside, do not actually stop birds nesting, as they simply either nest elsewhere on the same building or choose another nearby.

A Kittiwake trapped on anti-bird spikes
on the Guildhall Summer 2021

Kittiwakes are currently being trapped however or are injured by anti-bird deterrents. Change is needed to ensure this important red-listed Gull is protected, especially as globally Kittiwake populations are at risk.

“Should we build the Tyne Kittiwakes
somewhere better to nest”?


A Kittiwake trapped in anti-bird nettingA fledged Kittiwake trapped during the 2018 breeding season on a building along Newcastle Quayside.


“Have you found any wildlife which has become trapped in anti-bird netting on Newcastle or Gateshead Quayside?

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