Kittiwakes upon the Tyne

The Furthest Inland Breeding Colony of Kittiwakes in the World

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Kittiwakes settle down to nest
on a Newcastle Railway Bridge

“Over Sixty Pairs of Kittiwakes
listen to the trains go by”

In the centre of Newcastle, a short distance from the Tyne Bridge and the Quaysides of Newcastle and Gateshead, you can find a small railway bridge that takes travellers, too and from the city centre of Newcastle upon Tyne.  During the spring and summer months, this railway bridge has been adopted by the local population of breeding Kittiwakes, to build their nests.  From a humble start of almost a dozen pairs back in 2016; this small group has grown to a modest sixty plus pairs as of ‘Summer 2019’.

There is potential for more pairs to nest at this location.  Quite often this group of Kittiwakes, often go unnoticed, by many, that share our big city.

“Kittiwakes returned for the 2020 season and nested successfully on the railway bridge.” 


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