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
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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