Kittiwakes upon the Tyne

The Furthest Inland Breeding Colony of Kittiwakes in the World

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Railway Bridge – Tyne Kittiwakes

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 2020/21 seasons and nested successfully on
the railway bridge.”