Church Point in Newbiggin is considered to be one of the best sites to view seabirds in the county. This can be easily accessed from Newbiggin town centre and there are great facilities with free parking, a cafe and both outdoor and indoor toilets.
A key feature to watch out for is St Bartholmew’s Church which can be easily seen from the car park. The best areas to watch sea birds from are only a short walk from the church, along the coastline.
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St Bartholmews Church
Visitors are recommended to wrap up warm in the winter months and it is advisable to bring a telescope to view the seabirds offshore. Highlights can include Skua’s, Shearwaters and at times Sabine’s Gull’s have been found. A folding seat, can be a great asset for added comfort when sea watching.
The surrounding coastline is rich in waders, especially in the winter months, which can include Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover and Purple Sandpiper. During the summer months, Arctic, Common and Sandwich Terns are present and Gannets can be seen offshore. Other key species to watch out for include Guillemot and Razorbill. Divers and Slavonian and Red-necked Grebes can also be found at times enjoying the surrounding coastal habitat.
This is also the best location in the county to see Mediterranean Gulls. Newbiggin has seen the one regular wintering individual since 1996 being joined by more and more birds, with peak autumn numbers increasing from three in 2005 to a high of 68 birds in early autumn 2011. Read More…
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A Meditteranean Gull by Jack Bucknall
at Newbiggin in 2016
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A Desert Wheatear at Newbiggin
by Adriana Buskin in 2011
An area nearby which is locally referred to as ‘The Mound‘ has proven to be a hub for passing migrants and vagrants. This contains some trees which happen to provide some welcome cover to visiting and resident passerines. In the spring and autumn this is often home for a short time to a wide range of rarities, such as Greenish Warbler, Red breasted Flycatcher and Yellow-browed Warbler.
Below is a selection of photos from Newbiggin.
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