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North Shields Fish Quay

Dating back to the 13th Century, this fishing port located close to the mouth of the Tyne, formed part of the original settlement of North Shields. This site is a popular visitor attraction and is well known for its tasty fish and chips.


In the winter, the fish quay roofs are a favourite for visiting Iceland and Glaucous Gulls, whilst nearby Cormorants can been seen drying out their wings.

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A Glaucous Gull by Mike Hodgson
February 2013

This is also a great site to get up close with Eiders, as they enjoy some shore leave resting on the rocks nearby or  can be seen swimming in the calmer’s waters of the river close to the quay.

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A Iceland Gull by Adriana Buskin
January 2012

In the summer Common and Sandwich Terns noisily announce their arrival, whilst Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers can be heard singing from the nearby riverbanks. Another highlight is the chorus of “kittee-wa-aaake” which can often be heard in the spring and summer,  as Kittiwakes from the coast and the Newcastle Quayside colony come to visit.

Visitors are recommended to also visit the nearby Tyne Estuary and Tynemouth Haven.