Lindisfarne Bay Cottages Information
Bird Watching - What To Watch For Nearby
We are located within in the Northumberland AONB and also the Lindisfarne Nature Reserve.
You can enjoy a vast array of birdlife from our windows (including overwintering flocks of geese), or just south of us is a great bird hide at Fenham Le Moor. Budle Bay just a very short drive south is also a renowned bird watching spot.
The Farne Islands (puffins, kiittwake, shags, cormorants) can be visited by boat from Seahouses - a 20 minute drive away.
We reproduce the following web article with the kind permission of Richard Narraway of the North Northumberland Bird Club (see link under Activities, Bird Club). The Club welcomes visitors to meetings and field trips.
Some Of Nortumberland's Birds - Where To Hear And See Them In Autumn (North To South)
Tweed Estuary, Berwick
Walking along north bank from the town: the famous Tweed herd of Mute Swans, parties of Goldeneye, Goosander; at low tide: various waders (e.g. Lapwing, Redshank, Oystercatcher) and Grey Heron.
As above, plus winter Divers - Great Northern and/or Red-throated, occasional auks.
Spittal Point and south to Cocklawburn
Good views of the sea-scape, sightings of Divers and sea duck.
Berwick Little Beach (north side of north pier)
Good for a variety of up to 10 species of wader. Merganser. Red-throated Divers and more on the sea.
Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve, Holy Island
This is a must for anyone visiting Northumberland in autumn, but the tides MUST be checked. Internationally important numbers of Pale-Bellied Brent Geese winter here. Geese and sometimes Whooper Swans might be found in the fields at the landward end of the causeway. As one arrives on the causeway a variety of waders can be seen left and right, especially as one leaves the island as the tides flows in (a sight in itself). Once on the island a circular walk can be taken. Starting at the church inspect St Cuthbert's Island (S.W. corner of Holy Island), continue to the 'Heugh', which over looks the channel between the island and the peninsula of mainland at Guile Point - wintering Grebes, Divers and duck can be found here. Continue to the harbour, checking for waders on the shore. Aim to visit Holy Island Lough which is a small loch with a hide, near the north-eastern corner of the island. which provides a welcome stopping point when exploring this bird-rich island. Along the two tracks (the Straight Lonnen and the Crooked Lonnen), which enable a circular walk, migrant passerines and vagrants can be found - look carefully in the hawthorn bushes for these. Short-eared Owls frequent this area and Merlin and Peregrine can often be seen.
Budle Bay (part of above LNNR & Ramsar site)
Highly recommended and is viewed from wide verge near interpretation board - a spectacular place (mini Wash) for any coastal or sea bird, plus rarities. A variety of waders, gulls and duck (in the channels) when the tide is out. Geese roost here at dusk.
Always very close views of Eider. Sometimes Goldeneye, Glaucous Gull and more.
Although the breeding seabirds, for which the islands are famed, will have long since left, when the weather is favourable boat trips still run in October to view a large colony of Grey, or Atlantic, Seals which pup on the beaches of certain islands in the autumn. During such a boat trip one is likely to view seabirds - and passage Skuas, (Great, Arctic, Pomarine).
This shelter attracts Eider, Goldeneye and sometimes Divers.
This is a National Trust freshwater pond with two hides (one for the disabled), located behind the dunes at the southern end of Newton Haven. At the junction of the B1339 and the Bl340 (1.25m) north of Embleton, take the minor road east to Newton-by-the-Sea, passing through High Newton to Low Newton where a car park is located at the top of a rise. A path leads behind the 'square' to the small reserve. The surrounding shrubs are good for warblers in spring and autumn with ducks, geese, waders at the pond; listen for Water Rail too.
Hauxley Nature Reserve
A Northumberland WildlifeTrust Reserve. Location: (O.S.NU282024) just south of Amble from the A 1068 (0.25ml south of the last roundabout leaving Amble towards Washington) a brown tourist sign indicates Hauxley Reserve, via High Hauxley village. The final turn is on a bend signing "Silver Carrs Caravan Park". This is a large reserve with several hides bordering onto the coast.
Druridge Bay and Cresswell Pond
These are Northumberland Wildlife Reserves, with hides, offering good birding; however these are slightly further away.
There are many other wonderful places locally to see a rich diversity of birds. Two publications recommended are: "Birdwatching on the Northumberland coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Heritage Coast" (published by Northumberland County Council) and "Where to Watch Bird in Northeast England" (Britton D. & Day J.).
PLEASE observe The Birdwatchers Code: avoid going too close to birds or disturbing their habitat! If a bird flies away or makes repeated alarm calls, you are too close. If it leaves, you won't get a good view of it anyway.