Kittiwakes upon the Tyne

Useful Links for organisations and websites that help protect and raise awareness for the Tyne Kittiwakes and other wildlife along the River Tyne

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“Any help is very much appreciated”

A Kittiwake along the Tyne at North Shields
by David Hirst

Here you can view a selection of Useful Links for websites and organisations  that support the Kittiwakes that nest along the River Tyne. By sharing links you can help Raise Awareness for the Tyne Kittiwakes and inform others about their current status.  Help safeguard the local breeding colonies by sharing how important the local breeding population of Kittiwakes are.  If you would like to help contribute to this section or share links please email


Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

The RSPB work with members of the  Tyne Kittiwake Partnership.  The Tyne Kittiwake Partnership was set up to help safeguard the Kittiwake population along the Tyne.  The Partnership includes the Natural History Society of Northumbria, RSPB, Northumberland and Durham Wildlife Trusts, Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside and South Tyneside Councils, Newcastle University and individual researchers and ornithologists. They work together to improve our understanding of the birds and their conservation needs.


Kitty the Toon by John Miles - Artwork by Barry Robson

The Worlds First Inland Colony

Text by John Miles
Artwork by Barry Robson

Amazingly illustrated, ‘Kitty the Toon’, tells the story of Kitty the Kittiwake. Newcastle hosts the furthest inland colony of Kittiwakes. This story follows a pair as they nest in the city, have babies, enjoy a game of football and head back out to sea. A great edition to any wildlife library.’

More information is available on YouTube – Kitty the Toon

Return of Kitty the Toon by John Miles - Artwork by Sarah Farooqi


Return of Kitty the Toon

Text by John Miles
Artwork by Sarah Farooqi

Return of Kitty the Toon was published April 2020, with artwork by local artist Sarah Farooqi   To purchase both books by John Miles please visit ‘Chick Books – Reconnecting Children with Nature‘  Here you can also find many more fantastic books by John Miles – Reconnecting Children with Nature. 


Mini Expeds – Wild Intrigue

The Story of the Tyne Kittiwakes

  • A short wildlife Safari with Wild Intrigue along the North Shields Fish Quay.  This will be followed by a night celebrating our Geordie Kittiwakes with live music from Hector Gannet.
    – 13th August 2021

Join Wild Intrigue and Hector Gannet for a night celebrating our Tyne Kittiwakes, the world’s most inland seabird colony! Join Wild Intrigue to watch as the Kittiwakes make their winter journey out to the North Sea on a short wildlife safari along North Shields Fish Quay, and discover their story in a talk hosted in The Engine Room, with a coffee or something a little colder. The celebration will continue into the night with a full performance by Hector Gannet, with songs from their debut album Big Harcar.

All profits from this event will be used to conserve the Kittiwakes along the Tyne.

Tyne Kittiwake – Walks and talks

  • June/July every year 

An amazing opportunity to learn more about the
Legendary Tyne Kittiwakes

Inspire ● Educate ● Rewild

Kittiwakes & Doughnuts

In collaboration with the Tyne Kittiwake Partnership, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, and Proven Doughnuts Co; Wild Intrigue offer mini expeditions to visit Tyneside’s Kittiwake Colony along the River Tyne.

“Kittee-wa-aaake, Kittee-wa-aaake”

Kittee-wa-aaake - Kittee-wa-aaake

This also feature an illustrated talk by local ornithologist Dan Turner who has been studying the local Kittiwake breeding population for 25 years and there are some tasty doughnuts from Proven Doughnut Co. Visitors are also able to get up close to the Kittiwakes by spending time on the viewing platform at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.  Wild Intrigue do amazing work with their partners in helping to raise awareness for the Tyne Kittiwakes.

To learn more about the amazing work of Wild Intrigue   please visit their website at

Daniel Turner has monitored the breeding population of Kittiwakes along the River Tyne since 1994. Since then the numbers of Kittiwakes that have chosen to nest at this unique location has increased from a few to over a thousand.
To learn more about Daniel’s amazing work and to view his ‘Tyne Kittiwake Population Data’, please visit the ‘Natural History Society Of Northumbria Website’ (NHSN).


Blyth Wildlife Rescue

Blyth Wildlife Rescue

Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation across Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside.
At times when Kittiwakes become trapped in anti-bird netting,
Blyth Wildlife Rescue help to save and rehabilitate many of the injured Kittiwakes.

Donations towards their generous efforts are always welcome.
click here to donate to Blyth Wildlife Rescue


Save Newcastle Wildlife

Save Newcastle Wildlife
Standing up for wildlife and green spaces in and around Newcastle upon Tyne.
Please help them if you can. Add your voice to the ‘Chorus’, defending Newcastle’s green spaces and wildlife.


Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art - GatesheadThe Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

The UKs largest dedicated contemporary art institution.
Home to over a hundred nesting Kittiwakes during the Spring/Summer months.


Old Low Light – North Shields, North Tyneside.

Old Low Light
Bringing People together from North Shields and beyond.
The home of fabulous wildlife walks with David Hirst

Explore the wildlife wonders of the mouth of Tyneside’s
Big River; The River Tyne.


Beyond the Tyne

Kittiwakes are a member of the Gull family of which there are many more species.  Would you like to learn more? Would you like to observe and enjoy more seabirds?  There are some links below to a wide variety of places where you  can enjoy the company of wildlife; such as the much loved Puffin or Grey Seal.


Birdwatching Sites in the North East of England

An Interactive Guide to Bird Watching Sites

North of the Tyne and the Wall , NE England.
Sites for South of the Tyne currently being developed.


Natural Newbiggin

Natural Newbiggin

The Fauna, Flora and Geology of Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland.
Considered by many to be one of the best sites to view seabirds in Northumberland.


Farne Islands, Northumberland.

Farne Islands

A group of over twenty islands off the Nothumberland Coast, close to Bamburgh and Seahouses.
They are home to over 100,000 nesting seabirds including one of the UK’s favourite birds, the Puffin.


Coquet Island

Coquet Island Seabird Sanctuary

Coquet Island maybe small but it boasts Britain’s largest colony of Roseate Tern. Approximately 90% of the UK’s population of nesting Roseate Tern choose Coquet island. These are joined by thousands of Arctic, Common and Sandwich Terns, together with one of our favourite seabirds the Puffin.


Holy Island and the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve

Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve, Northumberland

Holy Island which is part of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve is a beautiful site to visit, with amazing panoramic views and fresh coastal air.

A Kittiwake

Follow the progress of the local Kittiwakes

You can read about the progress of the Tyne Kittiwakes colonies in the new Tyne Kittiwakes Diary . More in-depth information for the local breeding population of Kittiwakes has also been  published on the Colonies Page.


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