North Shields Colony
At its peak around one-hundred pairs of Kittiwakes nested in the North Shields colony. As time has passed; some of the buildings they have used to build their nests on have been demolished. In the present day less than twenty pairs settle on the Ferry Mews building, raising young for the next generation of Kittiwakes.
“The Kittiwakes have been evicted and forced to nest elsewhere”.
As 2021 dawned, the owner of the Ferry Mews building installed anti-bird netting, over the area where the colony have nested over recent years. This happened only a few weeks before they were due to return from their winter far out to sea; therefore, there was no time to encourage the birds to nest elsewhere.
Petition – change.org
Daniel Turner started a petition to try and encourage the owner of the building to remove the netting. Despite all his efforts the netting still remained as the Kittiwakes returned.
Petition update – 5th June 2021
An update (5th June 2021) has been added at change.org regarding the campaign to help save the North Shields colony.
What did the Kittiwakes think?
Kittiwakes continue to nest in North Shields
Despite the introduction of new anti-bird netting, which now covers the area where the colony have nested in previous years; Kittiwakes have successfully nested and started to raise young chicks for the another breeding season in North Shields on the Ferry Mews building.
“To read updates regarding the 2021 breeding season please
visit the ‘Tyne Kittiwake Diary“.