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Coquet Island RSPB Reserve

Coquet Island is an RSPB reserve about one mile off Amble, Northumberland. It is home to a large colony of nesting seabirds and is specially protected under European Law for birds such as the roseate tern, one of the UK's rarest nesting seabirds. Coquet now holds 90 per cent of the UK's roseate tern population.

Like many places in Northumberland, the reserve is rich in human history and has been occupied since the 7th Century, initially as a monastic cell, later a lighthouse station and now by the RSPB wardens, who live on the island through the spring and summer. Birds are everywhere on Coquet and the walls and gardens are home to several hundred nesting eider ducks. 

Wildlife Highlights: Several thousand nesting Sandwich, Arctic and common terns accompany the roseates in May, June and July, and thousands of puffins occupy the main part of the island.

No visits allowed - Viewing from boats or on CCTV only
The island is designated as a sanctuary and the public are not allowed to land. However, it is still possible to view roseates and the other terns and seabirds at the Northumberland Seabird Centre on Amble Quayside which has a CCTV system.

These maps are intended as a guideline only; you must check the exact location of the reserve yourself. Wildlife Extra assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or usefulness of the information on this website.


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Dead Puffins on Warkworth Beach - WHY ????

I noticed you mentioned about dead Puffins in March 2013 and wanted to let you know about two dead Puffins I saw on the sand dunes at Warkworth Easter weekend 2013. Not sure if it was due to the bad weather or illness and have never seen this before - just thought it might be of interest to you.

Regards Jayne Maddern

Posted by: jayne maddern | 02 Apr 2013 19:23:08

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