DAY 1: Arrive mid-afternoon with time to settle in to your accommodation and find your bearings. Following dinner in the evening, there will be opportunity to gather in the bar of the Bamburgh Castle Inn, to relax and chat with Martin.
DAY 2: The day will be spent on the southern half of Northumberland’s coastline. A drive along the coast will take us to Druridge Bay where a number of sites will be visited, including East Chevington, Druridge Pools and Cresswell, looking for waders, including the most northerly breeding Avocets in England, ducks and farmland birds such as Sky Lark, Linnet, Yellowhammer, Little Owl and Barn Owl. The day will also include a boat trip around Coquet Island. While there is no landing allowed on the island, excellent views of Roseate Tern, for which the site is an internationally important breeding colony can be enjoyed, as well as Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Eider and Puffin.
DAY 3: You will need your sea legs again on this day, as we venture out from Seahouses Harbour for a day spent birdwatching around the Farne Islands. The morning will be spent on Staple Island and the afternoon on Inner Farne. This trip will give excellent photographic opportunities for everybody with a camera, whatever the size! Close views of Common Tern, Arctic Tern, Sandwich Tern, Puffin, Razorbill, Guillemot, Kittiwake, Shag and Eider are a certainty. There is also a large Grey Seal colony around the Farne Islands. We recommend that you wear a cloth hat when visiting the Farne Islands (a baseball cap or Tilley type hat are ideal).
DAY 4: Departure from the Bamburgh Castle Inn by 10.30am.