Bird Watching around Alnmouth

Bird Watching in Alnmouth

The Marsh with Alnmouth Bay and Marden Rocks beyond

The definitive guide to all serious Bird Watching on the Coast

Lover's Walk, towards Duchess Bridge (Heronry on right; Mudflats on left))

Flood Plain, from Foxton Road
The Marsh is home to spawning Frogs and Toads in the Spring.
The mass of purple in the late Summer is Rose Bay Willow Herb.

A small permanent population of Coot, Moorhens and Mallard nest here, as do occasional visiting Little Grebe, Tufted Duck, Mute Swans and Canada Geese.

Visitors (some more frequent than others) to the Marsh include Herons (from the Village Heronry), Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Godwits, Brent Geese, Teal, Widgeon, Shelduck, Shoveler, Gadwall, Garganey, Greylag Geese, and Black Headed Gulls.

Curlew, Redshank, and Oyster Catchers regularly find winter feeding in the immediate surrounds.

It is sometimes an evening haunt of one of the local Barn Owls.

In Summer, Swifts, Swallows and Martins fill the sky.

The adjacent trees and shrubs, along with the local gardens, hold Blackbirds, Wood Pigeon, Collared Doves, Magpies, Jackdaws, Rooks, Carrion Crows and Pheasants.

The resident Great Tits and Blue Tits are joined by passing Greenfinches, Goldfinches and summer visiting Willow Warblers and Blackcaps.

Just offshore, Goosanders may be seen diving for fish; resident Eider Ducks are "ever-present", as are a variety of Gulls; Cormorants are a common sight flying or fishing, along with the occasional visiting Shag.

Gannet may be seen migrating to or from Bass Rock and can often be seen diving in the bay, as can Arctic/Sandwich/Roseate/Common Terns from Coquet Island.

Other occasional visitors include Red Throated Divers, Red Breasted Mergansers, Razorbills and Arctic Skuas; offshore there may be a raft of Scoters

If disturbed, at low tide, the winter-resident flock of Golden Plover may be seen wheeling above Marden rocks.

Seasonally migrating Pink-footed Geese can sometimes be seen and heard as they migrate overhead in Spring and Late Summer, normally at a significant height, or move between one of their winter roosts south of Alnmouth and feeding in the local fields.

Looking inland, a winter flock of mixed Mute and Whooper Swans may be feeding in the fields towards Warkworth;
 a Buzzard may be wheeling overhead; a Sparrow Hawk or a Kestrel may be surveying their patch from the Church spire.

A stroll along Lover's Walk, looking across the mudflats may show flocks of Lapwing, Eider Ducks drifting in or out with the tide (or, in Summer, looking after a creche of young), Little Egrets, Canada Geese, Shelducks, Teal, and Widgeon.

The view down to the River and Flood Plain from the Foxton Road often adds a "rarity" - maybe a wintering Grebe, as well as Goosanders, Shelduck and Canada Geese.

Bird Watching Organisations and Offshore Nesting Colonies
Natural History Society of Northumbria Northumberland Wildlife Trust Northumberland & Tyneside Bird Club North Northumberland Bird Club
Alnwick Wildlife Group Coquet Island    Boat Trips   Web Cam Farne Islands   Boat Trips [1] [2] [3] Bass Rock   Boat Trips   Web Cam
Bird Watching on the Northumberland Coast North of Alnmouth
Brent Goose, Little Egret, Peregrine, Puffin, Red-throated Diver, Whooper Swan
Where to goHow to find itWhat to see

Lindisfarne Nature Reserve

Fenham le Moor Hide (Signposted from A1)

Budle Bay (Next to road)

Stag Rocks, Bamburgh (Signs to Golf Course)

Monk's House Pool (Roadside north of Seahouses)

Seahouses Harbour & Farne Islands

Long Nanny (Bit of a walk)

Low Newton Pool (Bit of a walk)




Dunstanburgh Castle (Bit of a walk)

Howick & Cullernose Point (Roadside)

Boulmer (Roadside)


NNBC Sightings by month

Alnwick Wildlife Group Blog

Northumbrian Birding Blog

Farne Islands Archive

Bird Watching on the Northumberland Coast South of Alnmouth
Avocet, Bittern, Great White Egret, Little Egret, Marsh Harrier, Pink-footed Goose, Roseate Tern, Spoonbill, White Fronted Goose, Whooper Swan
Where to goHow to find itWhat to see
Hauxley Nature Reserve

Bronze Age Dig

Druridge Bay Sea Watching
(Unsigned Road)

Ladyburn Lake
(Signposted QEII Jubilee Country Park - limited birding)

East Chevington
(Unsigned road at Red Row)
(Turn at Widdrington Inn)

Chibburn Preceptory
(Over the fields; just for interest)

Druridge Pools
(Signposted; park on road near dunes)

Day to day
(Iain Robson's Blog)
Cresswell Pond
(Next to road)