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Famous for it’s historic castle, beautiful beaches and scenic views, Bamburgh is also a favourite for spring/autumn migrants and is a great location to view seabirds.  It is close to Seahouses and the large sea bird colonies of the Farne Islands.  Bamburgh is 2½ miles to the south of Budle Bay and 18½ miles to the south of Holy Island.

A popular birding site at Bamburgh is Stag Rocks which sits just to the north of the castle and can easily be identified by a painting of a white stag on the rocks.  Stag Rocks is particularly good for birding in the winter.

Photo to the left
A Knot
at Stag Rocks
by Chris Knox
in August 2015

Over the years birders have flocked to Bamburgh to catch up with visiting rarities which have included Grey Phalarope, White-rumped Sandpiper and Hoopoe.

Photo to the right
A Grey Phalarope by Jonathan Farooqi
Stag Rocks in February 2014

Key species to watch out for include Great Northern, Black Throated and Red-throated Divers; Slavonian and Red-necked Grebes; Common and Velvet Scoters, Eider and Long-tailed Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, Shag and Cormorant.  There are also a good variety of waders, such as  Bar-tailed Godwit, Purple Sandpiper and Sanderling.

This site can be very busy during the summer with thousands of tourists travelling to enjoy this jewel of Northumberland.


Below is a selection of photos from Bamburgh.

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