Kittiwakes upon the Tyne

Showcasing the progress of the Kittiwakes along the River Tyne

Home Tyne Kittiwake Diary A pair of Kittiwakes nest on the Premier Inn

A pair of Kittiwakes nest on the Premier Inn

On the 9th June 2019

Following the events last year, where over a dozen Kittiwakes became trapped in anti-bird netting; a new electric shock system was installed to replace some of the anti-bird netting which was removed the actual day the Kittiwakes started to return this season.  Volunteers were on site at the time, monitoring the birds as they started to return.

This new system ‘Avi-shock’ has successfully deterred birds so far this season. Kittiwakes have continued to spend time on the hotel, where the ‘Avi-shock is not present.

Despite this new electric-shock system, more than twenty-four  Kittiwakes were on the Quayside Premier Inn roof today.  All the birds were away from the ‘Avi-shock’ system, apart from a single individual. One pair has built a nest and is sitting on eggs. “We hope they are welcome at the Inn”.  It is possible more birds may chose to start nesting here also. The use of anti-bird deterrents along Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside, does not stop ‘Kittiwakes’ nesting, but merely moves them on, and they chose another building or location on the same building to nest.