Wye Eye Wheel Approved
“Will this new development disturb the pairs nesting
opposite on the Kittiwake Tower in Gateshead?”
The Wye Eye Wheel will be built on the Newcastle side of the river, close to St Peter’s Basin and as the Ouseburn meets the River Tyne. Adjacent to the cycle hub; It’s all ABOUT the BIKE and opposite the Kittiwake Tower which sits on a piece of dedicated land on the Gateshead side of river.
The Wye Eye Wheel and the accompanying developments may cause disturbance to the Kittiwake Tower colony. The Tower was already moved once, and was itself a refuge, following the displacement of a percentage of the birds which nested on the old Baltic Flour Mill before it was converted into a modern art gallery.
Thankfully the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art has since supported efforts to help the Tyne Kittiwakes, and over a 100 pairs have been allowed to continue to nest. The gallery have helped to raise awareness and provided educational talks etc. They are now one of the largest supporters for the Tyne Kittiwakes. There is not sufficient capacity however on the Baltic and more green-lighted nesting sites will be needed as the colony expands.
“Can you help us keep and EYE OUT for the Tyne Kittiwakes using the artificial tower on the Gateshead side of the river?”
Volunteers will be monitoring the Kittiwake Tower to see if they’re in any way disturbed by the new Wye Eye Wheel which has been advertised as “larger than the London Eye“. We are not sure where visitors will park whilst visiting this new giant wheel and if all the extra traffic will further increase air pollution levels for the Quayside. Traffic jams are already common and more cars is likely to cause further problems.