Castle Island, which has been a Local Nature Reserve since 2003, can be found on the River Wansbeck in Northumberland. The surrounding area attracts a large selection of birds whichever the season. There are some well-used paths which follow the river for over two miles. Nearby there are also areas of woodland and grassland. A telescope is recommended to view Castle Island itself, however, much of the sites bird life can easily be enjoyed using a pair of binoculars.
In 2014 birdwatchers flocked to Castle Island to view the Counties third record of a Collared Pratincole. Other highlights in recent years have included Great White Egret, Little Egret and Spoonbill. Visitors can also view Castle Island from the south side of the River Wansbeck, however parking is more limited.
Photo to the left
a Collared Pratincole
at Castle Island
by Jonathan Farooqi
In the autumn months, waders present can include Curlew Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Little Stint, Spotted Redshank and Wood Sandpiper. Many birdwatchers may remember the Terek Sandpiper of 1990, which attracted a great deal of attention whilst it was staying nearby in Blyth. On occasion it travelled up to Castle Island.