Puffins coming into land

The Farne Islands in Northumberland

The Farne Islands
On this group of islands off Northumberland's coast in The North Sea, birds rule the roost, seals laze on rocks, and dolphins skim the surrounding waters. Regular boat trips run from Seahouses harbour between March - October for a day trip filled with wonderful wildlife.

An update about The Farne Islands

Landing access to the Farne Islands to be restricted in efforts to protect precious seabird colonies  

The National Trust has announced that visitors won’t be able to land on the Farne Islands, off the coast of Northumberland, and will be closed for landings until the end of breeding season, at the earliest due to fears that Avian Influenza (bird flu) will rip through the seabird colonies once more.

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David Attenborough - approved islands

Scattered a couple of miles off the coast of Seahouses, this cluster of islands was declared by Sir David Attenborough as his favourite place to see nature in the UK. Around 23 different varieties of birds can be spotted here, including colourful puffins who reunite with the same mate each year.

Head to Seahouses between March – October and book a Farne Islands boat trip at one of the wooden kiosks that line the harbour. Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours, Billy Shiel Boat Trips or the Golden Gate Farne Island Tours all sail daily in the summer months and at weekends and school holidays throughout the year, weather permitting. 

Look out for the island’s colony of grey or Atlantic seals lazing on the rocks or bobbing inquisitively in the sea. The islands have the largest breeding colony in England  and fluffy, white seal pups can be seen on the islands from late October.

If seeing the seabird spectacle is your goal, plan your visit between mid April and late July to see the largest number of razorbills, guillemots, eider duck and, of course, puffins. Remember to wear a hat - Arctic terns tend to swoop and dive-bomb unsuspecting visitors to protect their nests.

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