Kittiwakes upon the Tyne

Showcasing the progress of the Kittiwakes along the River Tyne

Home Tyne Kittiwake Diary Exchange Building – 25th March 2021

Exchange Building – 25th March 2021

Three years ago, we lost quite a few Kittiwakes on this building due to anti-bird netting. Any netting which had been proven to trap Kittiwakes was removed before the birds returned the next season (and replaced with Avi-shock). Lots of thanks to the owners. Apart from a pair that nested there in 2019, Kittiwakes don’t usually nest on this building. You do get dozens however resting on the upper reachers of the roof.

Sketch from Ashley Bayston © 2021
The Exchange Buildings which also houses the Premier Inn


They can be seen chilling on the roof. Life for a Tyne Kittiwake is very busy. They fly all the way to the mouth of the Tyne and out to sea to feed. At times they even travel as far away as the Farnes islands. and.. of course they take their turn to participate in the ‘flight dance of the kittiwakes’; which can be best viewed from the Tyne Bridge facing this building.