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Ferry Mews – 19th May 2024

As the pages of the Story of the Tyne Kittiwakes turn for another season,  a  sad chapter is beginning. Where dozens nested on the Front of Ferry Mews; all are absent in ’24.  Fewer pairs have also returned to nest in the guttering; with only a single pair on building next door. They need our help!  This reduction in numbers is likely due to Avian Flu, as seabird colonies closer to the coast where a variety of species nest, are more vulnerable.  


Ferry Mews in North Shields, North Tyneside.

 Smiths Dock

As of the 19th May, so far no pairs have returned to nest at Smiths Dock. There is still time however, as often Tyne Kittiwake colonies which are closer to the coast, start later than those further inland.  Initial signs are not positive however as river levels have also been higher this year.