Kittiwakes upon the Tyne

The Furthest Inland Breeding Colony of Kittiwakes in the World

Home Tyne Kittiwake Colonies Tynemouth Haven – Tynemouth

Tynemouth Haven

A coastal colony of Tyne Kittiwakes”

As the River Tyne meets the North Sea between the coastal towns of North and South Shields, two enormous piers, mark the way. On the North Tyneside part of the mouth of the tyne, you can find a small coastal shore, surrounded by steep cliffs known as Tynemouth Haven. This is popular with coastal waders, Cormorants and Eiders all year round.

As the seasonal clock turns, Kittiwakes return every year to nest on the cliffs at Tynemouth Haven. Over 145 pairs nest at this location. Nearby Fulmars and Sand Martins are also present. During the autumn, Black Redstarts can also be found, often remaining in the area over the winter period.




A pair of Kittiwakes
with a young chick
Summer 2020