Northumberland - A Birds Lovers Paradise
Published: Friday 14th Aug 2015
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
Northumberland is a county that is home to some of England’s most natural beauty including the Northumberland coast, the North Pennines and Northumberland National Park; England’s most popular place for tranquillity and serenity.
There are a number of attractions in Northumberland to appeal to visitors of all ages including majestic castles and stately homes and Abbeys to offer an insight into the regions fascinating history and provide plenty of sightseeing opportunities as well as the more modern tourist attractions such as the museums, zoos, theatres, water sport facilities and some of the most impressive beaches in the UK.
Bird lovers will be in their element during a trip to Northumberland as it is described as ‘a birders paradise’ as the landscape, from mountains and hills to woodlands, cliffs, sands, lakes and mudflats, makes for some of the best bird watching in the country.
With a coal mining heritage, time gone by has led to many subsidence ponds throughout the county that are all managed by the Northumberland Wildlife Trust and these reserves have an impressive list of birds and other wildlife at home in the area.
The Farne Islands in Northumberland are very well known for their seabird colonies such as Puffin, Shag, Kittiwake and Artic Tern and boat trips can take you to Coquet Island to spot the internationally famous colony of Roseate Tern.
More Inland of Northumberland are areas to spot some of the more uncommon breeding species such as the Hen Harrier, Goshawk and Black Grouse and in Kielder a raptor viewpoint at Bakethin can provide the opportunity to spot 9 different Raptors on a good day.
The last year that data was published on bird spotting in Northumberland was in 2007 and 251 of the 400 species reported being seen previously in this region were recorded on the Northumberland County List. For this reason, bird spotting in this area is continually growing in popularity with bird lovers all over the country.
For the bird spotting enthusiasts amongst us there are bird clubs in the Northumberland region that you can become a member of, such as the Northumberland and Tyneside Bird Club and the North Northumberland Bird Club, where you can meet others that have the same interests as you and find out about events that may be taking place in the area to improve your chances of spotting the species of birds you desire.
There are hundreds of bird species in and around Northumberland, so if you’re a bird lover then you should definitely head to this part of the UK.
A perfect break in Northumberland can be provided by Grace Darling Holidays where you can stay in a luxury 5* cottage close to some of the region’s most beautiful beaches and in areas of outstanding beauty. Furnished to a high standard and with everything you need for a relaxing self-catering break, these cottages are a wonderful base to retreat to after a day out in the wilderness spotting those birds or after a day exploring what the region has to offer. There is also a late availability option to book these cottages at last minute for those spur of the moment getaways ion an idyllic location.