Could we build artficial cliffs
for the Tyne Kittiwakes?
At this time of climate change, bird 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; such as protecting their existing nesting sites and building them some artificial structures to use.
Is a Greener solution needed?
“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”.
Paul Buskin, Kittiwakes upon the Tyne.
Do you agree?
We could support GREEN FLAGGED sites where Tyne Kittiwakes 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.
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.
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. More efforts could also be invested to encourage a greater variety of wildlife to visit and make the riverside habitats their home.
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. And in many cases they simply nest on top of the netting, spikes or avi-shock. They often then become injured however and at times become trapped and unable to escape. Sadly some loose their lives as a result of these anti-bird detterents every year.
CHANGE is needed to ensure these important red-listed Gulls are protected; especially as globally Kittiwake populations are at risk. Can you HELP US to look out for the colonies along the Tyne?