Kittiwakes upon the Tyne

The Furthest Inland Breeding Colony of Kittiwakes in the World

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Lombard House

“Five to 11 pairs nest on Lombard House”

“A cosy place to nest”

Adjacent to the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle upon Tyne up to eleven Kittiwakes have nested since 2014.  These can easily be seen whilst walking over the Tyne Bridge which links the city with the town of Gateshead.  This small group of Kittiwakes nest close to each other and often go unnoticed by visitors and residents.

There is some anti-bird netting present to protect the building, however this has not been dangerous to the Kittiwakes so far.  As these birds nest very close to the Tyne Bridge, it is advised to take care not to disturb them whilst they are nesting, especially when their eggs start to hatch and chicks walk out into their new big world.


Kittiwakes starting to pick
where they are going to nest
Summer 2019


Kittiwakes nesting on
Lombard House during 2020



Breeding Tyne Kittiwakes

A Review 1994-2020 – NHSN talks
With Daniel M Turner,
Tyne Kittiwake Partnership

The River Tyne nesting kittiwakes have shown a remarkable story since their beginnings in 1949. Explore a new talk as local ornithologist, Dan Turner, shares some of their nesting sites along the Tyne and examines trends in their numbers and breeding success.        Click here to watch on YouTube

“At times the Tyne Kittiwakes fly as far away
as the Farne Islands in Northumberland to feed”

During this talk it references a paper by Chris Redfern and Richard Bevan.
A comparison of foraging behaviour in the North Sea by Black-legged Kittiwakes Rissa tridactyla from an inland and a maritime colony. This can be found on Taylor and Francis Online