Living on the edge in Newcastle

The centre of Newcastle upon Tyne, in Northern England, hosts a colony of breeding Kittiwakes. The birds breed on the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, the Tyne Bridge and other buildings along the river Tyne. Usually Kittiwakes breed on high cliffs on the coast. In the winter months they live out on the open sea.

Photo of Kittiwakes, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Photo of a Kittiwake, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Tyne Bridge

Photo of Tyne Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Tyne Bridge with the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art visible in the distance.

Photo of Kittiwakes, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Tyne Bridge

Photo of a Kittiwake, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Tyne Bridge

Photo of a Kittiwake, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Tyne Bridge

Photo of Kittiwakes, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Tyne Bridge

Photo of Kittiwakes, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

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Photo of Kittiwakes, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Photo of Kittiwakes, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Tyne Bridge

Photo of Kittiwakes, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

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Dollart

The Dollart, or Dollard in dutch, is a bay on the Dutch-German border. In the late Middle Ages, this bay was created by floods and storm surges, drowning several villages. Now, the Dollart is an important breeding and feeding area for birds. The Dollart is a dynamic coastal nature reserve with intertidal mudflats and saltmarshes. Here salt water from the North Sea mixes with fresh water from the German river Ems and the Dutch river Westerwoldse Aa. Both the german and dutch parts of the Dollart are part of the Wadden Sea, inscribed on the Unesco World heritage list.

Photo of Punt van Reide, the Netherlands

Punt van Reide, the Netherlands

Photo of Barnacle Geese, Bohrinsel, Dyksterhusen, Germany

Barnacle Geese, Bohrinsel, Dyksterhusen, Germany, with the port of Emden in the background.

Photo of a Meadow Pipit, Bohrinsel, Dyksterhusen, Germany

Meadow Pipit, Bohrinsel, Dyksterhusen, Germany

Photo of Black-tailed Godwits, Bohrinsel, Dyksterhusen, Germany

Black-tailed Godwits, Bohrinsel, Dyksterhusen, Germany

Photo of Barnacle Geese, Polder Breebaart. the Netherlands

Barnacle Geese, Polder Breebaart. the Netherlands

Photo of Punt van Reide, the Netherlands

Punt van Reide, the Netherlands

Photo of an Oystercatcher, Bohrinsel, Dyksterhusen, Germany

Oystercatcher, Bohrinsel, Dyksterhusen, Germany, with the port of Emden in the background.

Photo of Mudflats, the Netherlands

Mudflats, the Netherlands

Photo of a Reed Bunting, Westerwoldse Aa, the Netherlands

Reed Bunting, Westerwoldse Aa, the Netherlands

Photo of Buitengeul Reiderland, the Netherlands

Buitengeul Reiderland, the Netherlands

Photo of a Marsh Harrier, Rysum, Germany

Marsh Harrier, Rysum, Germany

Photo of Dunlins and Knots, Bohrinsel, Dyksterhusen, Germany

Dunlins and Knots, National Park Niedersachsisches Wattenmeer, Bohrinsel, Dyksterhusen, Germany

Photo of a Bluethroat, Polder Breebaart, the Netherlands

Singing Bluethroat in Polder Breebaart, the Netherlands

Jæren

Famous for its sandy beaches, the coast of Jæren is flat compared to the rest of the Norwegian coast. Beaches such as Nærlandsstranden and Revtangen are important resting sites for shorebirds. The seaweeds on the beach provide food for the many waders.

Photo of a Curlew Sandpiper, Naerlandstranden, Norway

Curlew Sandpiper, Nærlandstranden

Photo of a Dunlin, Naerlandstranden, Norway

Dunlin, Nærlandstranden

Photo of Dunlins, Naerlandstranden, Norway

Dunlins, Nærlandstranden

Photo of a Goosander , Naerlandstranden, Norway

Goosander, Nærlandstranden

Photo of Naerlandstranden, Norway

Nærlandstranden

Photo of a Rock Pipit, Naerlandstranden, Norway

Rock Pipit, Nærlandstranden

Photo of a Sanderling, Revtangen, Norway

Sanderling, Revtangen

Photo of a Turnstone, Lyratangen, Norway

Turnstone, Lyratangen

Photo of Dunlins, Naerlandstranden, Norway

Dunlins, Nærlandstranden

Photo of Kvassheim, Norway

Kvassheim

Photo of a Dunlin, Naerlandstranden, Norway

Dunlin, Nærlandstranden

Winter

Winter brings change to the North Sea. Many summer residents fly south and arctic breeders take their place. Some species that breed in the northern part of the North Sea, can now be found in the southern regions. These migrations are part of the East Atlantic Flyway.

Photo of Eiders in a hailstorm on the Wadden Sea near Texel, the Netherlands

Eiders in a hailstorm on the Wadden Sea near Texel, the Netherlands

Photo of Westerheversand

Westerheversand, Germany

Photo of a Shore lark in nature reserve Zwin, Belgium

Shorelark in nature reserve Zwin, Belgium

Photo of Snow buntings, Westerheversand, Germany

Snow buntings, Westerheversand, Germany

Photo of a Knot on the Mokbaai, Texel, the Netherlands

Knot, Mokbaai, Texel, the Netherlands

Photo of a Great Northern Loon, IJmuiden, the Netherlands

Great Northern Loon in winter plumage at the breakwater at the entrance of the Noordzeekanaal, IJmuiden, the Netherlands

Photo of the North Seacoast near Petten, the Netherlands

Strong winds over the beach near Petten on the Dutch coast

Photo of Whooper Swans, Beltringharder Koog, Germany

Whooper Swans, Beltringharder Koog, Germany

Photo of nature reserve Duinen van Texel

Nature reserve Duinen van Texel, the Netherlands

Wildlife spectacle on the Wash

Huge flocks of waders, mainly Knots, over the Wash at sunrise: a wildlife spectacle. The Wash is one of the largest estuaries in the United Kingdom. At low tide a big part of the Wash turns into mud, at high tide the rising water pushes thousands of feeding waders to shore. The photos were made during visits in 2016 and 2008 in the RSPB Snettisham nature reserve. Music: Ryhlo tazibe by Kalio Gayo

Sandwich tern

With its black cap and yellow-tipped bill, the Sandwich tern is easy to recognize. The Sandwich tern is a resident bird of the North Sea from march to september. They are social birds and breed in coastal colonies. After breeding most of the birds migrate to Western Africa.

Photo of Sandwich Terns, Ottersaat, Texel, the Netherlands

Courtship display, Ottersaat, Texel, the Netherlands, march 2013.

Photo of a Sandwich Tern, Oye-Plage, Pas-de-Calais, France

Sandwich Tern, Oye-Plage, Pas-de-Calais, France, may 2015.

Photo of a Sandwich Tern, Snab Point, Cresswell, England

Sandwich Tern, Snab Point, Cresswell, England, august 2016.

Photo of Sandwich Terns, North Seabeach, IJmuiden, the Netherlands

Sandwich Terns in winter plumage, North Seabeach, IJmuiden, the Netherlands, september 2008.

Photo of a Sandwich Tern, Petten, Texel, the Netherlands

Sandwich Tern, Petten, Texel, the Netherlands, june 2010.

Photo of Sandwich Terns, Slikken van Voorne, Oostvoorne, the Netherlands

Sandwich Terns, Slikken van Voorne, Oostvoorne, the Netherlands, april 2016.

Photo of a Sandwich Tern, Wagejot, Texel, the Netherlands

Sandwich Tern, Wagejot, Texel, the Netherlands, june 2015.

Bempton Cliffs

August is almost the end of the breeding season for Gannets. Most Gannet chicks are ready to leave their nests on the steep cliffs. Young Kittiwakes are still present and Fulmars can be seen from the cliff-edges. The Puffins and Guillemots are back at sea. Bempton Cliffs nature reserve on the Yorkshire coast supports one of the biggest seabird colonies in the UK with over 250.000 breeding seabirds.

Photo of Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

Bempton Cliffs

Photo of a Northern Gannet, Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

Northern Gannet

Photo of a Kittiwake, Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

Juvenile Kittiwake

Photo of a Northern Gannet, Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

Northern Gannet

Photo of Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

Bempton Cliffs

Photo of a Northern Fulmar, Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

Northern Fulmar

Photo of a Northern Gannet, Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

Northern Gannet