As you travel inland from the quaysides of Newcastle and Gateshead; our big river takes us through a riverside habitat which is rich in wildlife all year round.
“According to the ‘Book The Birds of Gateshead’, Bowey,Rutherford & Westerberg 1993, there was a colony at Dunston in the 1970s. On the 18th July 1972 the count was 30+ with just 17 on the Baltic. However by early 1980s the site had been lost due to demolition work”.
Not only is there a handy cafe at the Gateshead Staiths, but you can watch a good selection of waders and other birds. A screen hide, helps you watch the wildlife without disturbing them and there is a display board which highlights some of the native and visiting birds.
On exercise walks this weekend, Curlew, Oystercatcher and Curlew were in attendance. Mallards, Shelduck and Teal were feeding nearby. Cormorants were joined by a selection of Herring and Lesser Blacked backed Gulls.
Recent highlights have included a Greenshank nearby and coastal visitor a Guillemot. We didn’t manage to photograph it, but if it visits again, we will try our best. Rock Pipit has also been known to visit from the coast and enjoy this wonderful riverside landscape.