Kittiwakes upon the Tyne

Showcasing the progress of the Kittiwakes along the River Tyne

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Next generation of Kittiwakes

On the 5th July 2020

At a variety of locations along the quaysides of Newcastle and Gateshead, young Kittiwakes are close to fledging. Last year a pair nested on the St Mary’s Heritage Centre. A pair did so again this year and have successfully raise one young.

St Mary’s Heritage Centre

Despite the presence of anti-bird netting and the installation of an electric shock system, three pairs of Kittiwakes continued to nest on the Guildhall, close to the Quayside roundabout. Young Kittiwakes are present and doing very well.

Guildhall – Newcastle Quayside

The railway bridge which is deeper into the city itself, above Newcastle Quayside, continues to be a popular location for nesting Kittiwakes. They look so artistic and really fit in with their surroundings.

Railway Bridge – Newcastle

The Kittiwakes continue to nest in canny numbers on Phoenix house. A vintage location.

Phoenix House

Despite the presence of long sharp anti-bird spikes, Tyne Kittiwakes brave the odds and successfully nest and raise young Kittiwakes.

Newcastle Quayside

Kittiwakes look very happy on Lombard House this weekend.

Lombard House


For another year, Kittiwakes have nested on some lamp posts down on Newcastle Quayside.

As cars pass below, they enjoy a birds eye view.


Lamp post – Newcastle Quayside

The Tyne Bridge, that spans the city of Newcastle and the town of Gateshead is filled with the calls of “kittee-wa-aaake, kittee-wa-aaake” , as they celebrate the arrival of another generation of young Kittiwakes.


Tyne Bridge – Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside

Tyne Bridge Tower