Kittiwakes upon the Tyne

The Furthest Inland Breeding Colony of Kittiwakes in the World

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Lombard House

Twenty-40 pairs nest on Lombard House”

Adjacent to the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle upon Tyne Kittiwakes have nested on Lombard House since 2014, with pairs rising to up to 40 in recent years.  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

“To read updates regarding the 2021 breeding season please 
visit the ‘Tyne Kittiwake Diary“.