Bird Watching and The Farne Islands.

Bird watching

The Farne Islands

Scattered a couple of miles off the coast near the fishing port of Seahouses, this cluster of National Trust islands was declared by broadcaster David Attenborough as his favourite place in the UK to see nature at it’s best. The Farne Islands are possibly the most exciting seabird colony in England with unrivalled views of 23 species, including around 37,000 pairs of puffins, razorbills, guillemots and eider ducks.

It’s also home to one of the top grey seal pupping sites in England, with more than 2,000 pups born every autumn.

For the most recent rarities sited near the Farne islands.

There are at least a further 397 birding sites in Northumberland!!

An archive bird count can be found here

There are several excellent companies that offer boat trips around and to the Farne Islands from Seahouses including


Billy Sheils

Golden Gate

Walking in Northumberland

Footsteps- Walking the Beauty of Northumberland, offer guided walks throughout Northumberland.

They  “ ……guide you to the wilder side of the Northumberland Coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty famed for its golden beaches, rocky coves and magnificent coastal castles. We go deep into the hidden valleys and to the summits of the Cheviot Hills in the Northumberland National Park. There is plenty of great walking country in between the coast and the hills and on a Footsteps walk you will discover some of those places too.”

They have an excellent programme of guided walks for 2019.