Kittiwakes upon the Tyne

The Furthest Inland Breeding Colony of Kittiwakes in the World

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“The Furthest Inland Breeding colony in the World”

Every year thousands of Kittiwakes, make the long journey to the British Isles from the world’s second largest ocean; the Atlantic. Many birds are lost during the winter period from predators, storms and lack of food, especially during current times where foods sources are dwindling.

“Yep! And a pair were successful on the
lamp post again this year” by Lophophanes

Yep And a pair were successful on the lamp post again this year by LophophanesKittiwakes are very much coastal birds and don’t usually travel inland to breed. Breeding colonies usually appear on coastal cliffs and islands, such as The Farne islands off the Northumberland Coast.  At the Farnes other species of sea birds such as Puffins, Arctic Terns, Guillemots and Razorbills, usually join them to breed and to help secure their future.

Meet the legendary Tyne Kittiwakes

The Black-legged Kittiwakes, have spent their winter feeding as far away as Canada. Hundreds of these soft gentle Gulls return every spring to build their nests along the River Tyne at a few specially selected sites, that they have chosen themselves to call their home during the breeding season.

A Tyne Kittiwake with an egg by Lophophanes

 

A Tyne Kittiwake with an egg by  Lophophanes

Unlike many of their larger cousins, such as the Herring Gull or Lesser Black-backed Gull which scavenge lots, Kittiwakes feed on a diet of fish, worms and shrimps etc. Whilst the Kittiwakes are with us they regularly travel long distances to feed, at times even as far as the Farne Islands.

 

 

An Inland Colony of Kittiwakes

Please come visit these amazing seabirds

“In the present day Kittiwakes, can be observed nesting at the
following locations along the River Tyne during the spring/summer months”

Kittiwakes nesting on the Baltic by Diane Wailes dwailes

To learn more about a site, please click on one of the links or use the interactive map below to read a summary report.

 

Kittiwakes nesting on the Baltic
by Diane Wailes 

Newcastle/Gateshead Quayside

by Graham H

Various tall 3-4 storey+ buildings along the Newcastle Quayside, such as:

Coastal Cliffs or close to the North Sea

Click on a ‘Kittiwake Image Marker’ above to view additional information about each location.
You can also use the maps zoom controls to help navigate the map
to view the Kittiwake Tower in Gateshead and Akzo Nobel in Felling.

 

More information will appear here later 2020, relating to more Kittiwake colonies along the North East Coast.

Tyne Kittiwake Population Data

Seabirds make the riverside their home

“Daniel Turner has monitored the breeding population
of Kittiwakes along the River Tyne since 1994”.

Since the early 1990s the numbers of Kittiwakes that have chosen to nest at this unique location has increased from a few to over a thousand.

Natrual History Society of Northumbria Website To learn more about Daniel’s amazing work and view his Tyne Kittiwake Population Data, please visit the ‘Natural History Society Of Northumbria Website‘ (NHSN). The NHSN are members of the Tyne Kittiwake Partnership (TKP) and they are also great supporters for the Tyne Kittiwakes. Daniel Turner also manages a ‘Facebook page for the Tyne Kittiwakes Partnership‘ to help raise awareness for the Kittiwakes.

 

 

The Kittiwake – by John C Coulson

Published 2011 – T & AD Poyser

The Kittiwake - by John C Coulson

Bursting with everything you ever wanted to learn about Kittiwakes”

Read about John Coulson’s amazing insights into the lives of the worlds Black-legged Kittiwakes.  John Coulson has decades of experience researching ‘The Kittiwake’.  Brilliantly written and presented.

    • An essential companion for all academics studying seabirds, colonial species and especially Kittiwakes.
    • Beautifully illustrated and features photos of our well-loved Tyne Kittiwakes

Copies are available to order in from local book shops.

“The Natural History of Society of Northumbria also has a wildlife library,
with an extensive range of publications. Have you been there yet? “

 

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