Kittiwakes upon the Tyne

Showcasing the progress of the Kittiwakes along the River Tyne

Home Further Kittiwakes trapped in netting during Summer 2019

More Kittiwakes become trapped in
anti-bird netting in 2019

Sadly two Kittiwakes became trapped in anti-bird netting again last year on one of the hotels down on Newcastle Quayside.  Fledged birds, landed on the roof; they then slid down and some got caught in the netting from behind.  During the 2018 breeding season, four birds were trapped on this hotel; and sadly some died before they were able to be rescued. No changes were made following this by the owners of the hotel and the netting at the top remained a trap, and again trapped  fledged Kittiwakes during the 2019 season. The hotel was informed of the risk last year and discussions have taken place regarding this years trapped birds.

A newly fledged Kittiwake fails to escape from anti-bird netting

Thankfully most birds managed to break free, however one unfortunate young Kittiwake failed and remains hanging lifeless from the top of the hotel. A dead Kittiwake also remains to the left of this from the 2018 season. Hopefully the hotel will collect these dead birds soon and they won’t both remain for another year for all to see. Both remained as the new year dawned.

Changes needed to prevent more birds becoming trapped next year

Without any change, this area of anti-bird netting will remain a trap and could continue to trap young Kittiwakes again next year.  Everyone was pleased that another building where birds were trapped during 2018, did make changes.  No birds were trapped on the Exchange Buildings (which houses a Premier Inn) during 2019, because of the efforts of the owners.  In fact one pair successfully nested.  This pair was “very welcome at the inn”.  Lots of thanks go to the owners of the exchange buildings. 

Under the Tyne Bridge

Sadly whilst checking on the Kittiwakes a fatally trapped Kittiwake was found during the 2019 breeding season in anti-bird netting under the Tyne Bridge. A Kittiwake continued to nest to the right, hopefully the dead bird was not its partner. Sad times.  A total of three Kittiwakes became trapped in anti-bird netting during the 2019 breeding season on the Tyne Bridge,  Changes were made, when it was safe to do so, to prevent further trappings for this area.  


No more Kittiwakes trapped elsewhere

No Kittiwakes were trapped or injured on the Guildhall and Phoenix House during the 2019 breeding season. Thanks go to the owners of these buildings for the removal of any anti-bird netting that had trapped Kittiwakes during the 2018 breeding season.