Quayside Kittiwakes

Michael Coates News

BALTIC kittiwakes. Image Credit: Michael Coates

Saturday afternoon on the viewing platform at BALTIC, Gateshead was made all the more interesting by DWT Education & Engagement Officer Kirsty Pollard and about 100 noisy kittiwakes. Kirsty, as engaging and informative as always, did a valiant job of trying to explain to a group of visitors everything there was to know about these increasingly vocal birds.

While I had seen them via the Kittiwake Cam on many occasions I had not realised that you can stand within a few feet of these glorious oceanic birds. The Newcastle Gateshead Quayside is the worlds furthest inland breeding site for kittiwakes and a key location in the fight to help their declining numbers.

They should be laying eggs soon with chicks easily visible from mid June so keep an eye on the web cam or even better, head up to floor 4 of BALTIC and take a close look yourself.

You needn’t worry about them grabbing your packed lunch, I learned from Kirsty that they fly out to sea to feed on sand eels and are not the chip-eating variety of gull.

Don’t miss our next kittiwake talk on Saturday 20th of May at 8pm – Click here for details.

Michael Coates
Trustee at Durham Wildlife Trust

Michael volunteers as a Trustee for Durham Wildlife, bringing his wealth of experience from the world of management and leadership development. When he’s not developing future leaders in his role at Protostar Leadership Development, Michael enjoys getting out and experiencing the wonderful wildlife our region has to offer. He particularly likes being amongst trees and hopes to encourage others to love and conserve our local countryside. Michael takes every opportunity to develop his knowledge of wildlife and regularly attends Durham Wildlife Trust’s events and training days.