Kittiwakes upon the Tyne

Showcasing a wide selection of wildlife that you can find along the River Tyne

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Wildlife along the Tyne

A Kittiwake on the River Tyne along Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside by  H_tweeting

A Kittiwake on the River Tyne along Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside by H_tweeting

The River Tyne is home to a wide selection of wildlife. A new web based guide to the  ‘Wildlife along the Tyne’ is currently in development.  This will be available very soon from

Over two dozen locations will be featured.  This will include North Shields Fish Quay; a popular fishing port, which dates back to the 13th Century.  The Fish Quay sits close to the mouth of the Tyne and formed part of the original settlement of North Shields. 

A selection of Waders, you can find along the River Tyne from
the Coast at Tynemouth, North Tyneside  
to Hexham in Northumberland. 
by EmmaP – Emma Artworks

Tyneside’s Big River

To the west historic towns such as Corbridge and Hexham’s Tyne Country Park will also be included. The delights of popular riverside parks at Walker and Newburn will be showcased and the habitats along the Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside’s will be headlined.

“Do you have a favourite site ‘Along the River Tyne’ that you feel
could be included? A local Patch?  If so please get in touch! All contributions are greatly appreciated and most welcome.”

A Cormorant


A Cormorant - Walker Riverside Park - River Tyne

Free Guided Walks

There will be some opportunities to enjoy some free guided outdoor events.  This will help enhance your knowledge of the local wildlife and the local habitats.  Links to talks and outdoor trips provided by other local wildlife organisations that help support ‘Kittiwakes upon the Tyne’ will also appear on this website. More events are being considered to help ‘Raise Awareness‘ for the ‘Tyne Kittiwakes’ and the wildlife along the River Tyne. The ‘Kittiwake Diary‘ page will also inform readers and share the progress of the local breeding colonies of Kittiwake.

Boat Trips

A small selection of boats, currently ferry the public along the River Tyne, from Newcastle Quayside. Options to organise a ‘Wildlife Excursion’ are currently being explored’. The ferry operators do charge to cover their costs, but this would be worth it, in exchange for this exciting experience to explore the river and experience elements, that usually only the Kittiwakes get to see so easily. Details will appear on this site, and the associated twitter account.

A Common Tern

A Common Tern - Newcastle - Quayside


A Common Tern

Common Terns also join the Kittiwakes during the spring/summer months but they don’t breed alongside the riverside. Some breed at local nature reserves however such as Wallsend Swallow Pond which is managed by North Tyneside Council and Big Waters, which is one of Northumberland Wildlife Trusts flagship nature reserves.

A Common Tern
diving for fish

A Common Tern - Gateshead Quayside

Like the Kittiwakes, these are an impressive bird to watch, especially whilst they are diving to catch fish. As well as watching these amazing terns along the river and local nature reserves such as the Natural History Societies Gosforth Park; they easily can be found also at Killingworth Lake in North Tyneside, during the Spring/Summer months.

Kittiwakes on the Baltic 
by John Feltwell

Kittiwakes on the Baltic by John Feltwell


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