Kittiwakes upon the Tyne

Showcasing the progress of the Kittiwakes along the River Tyne

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On the 15th June 2019

One of the young Kittiwakes that is doing well on the Tyne Bridge. The recent wet weather has caused many problems for coastal populations of nesting seabirds. The Tyne Kittiwakes seek refuge in our ‘Big City’ and benefit from calmer weather patterns.

Kittiwakes nesting on nearby buildings are also doing well with at least thirty pairs nesting high up on ‘Phoenix House’ and over half a dozen pairs nesting on the ‘Vermont Hotel’ and ‘Lambard House’.  Some of the eggs on Lambard House have hatched, and there are chicks present.

Eggs are hatching

Elsewhere Kittiwakes are sitting on nests still on some of the nearby street lighting again and a selection of buildings close to the Guildhall.  In some cases this is amongst anti-bird spikes.  As new anti-bird deterrents are installed such as ‘avi-shock’, ‘spikes’ or ‘netting’, it does not stop the Kittiwakes from nesting, but they either still nest amongst these on the same building or choose a nearby building.

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