Tyne & Wear

Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus ©David Mason Website
Birding Tyne & Wear

Tyne and Wear is a metropolitan county in the North East region of England around the mouths of the rivers Tyne and Wear. It consists of the five metropolitan boroughs of South Tyneside, North Tyneside, City of Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead and City of Sunderland. It is bounded on the east by the North Sea, and has borders with Northumberland to the north and County Durham to the south. It came into existence in 1974 and was abolished in 1986, and so its districts (the metropolitan boroughs) are now unitary authorities. However, the metropolitan county continues to exist in law and as a geographic frame of reference, and as a ceremonial county. However, for birding records it is split between County Durham and Northumberland, although mostly northumberland.Tyne and Wear contains green belt interspersed throughout the county, mainly on the fringes of the Tyneside/Wearside conurbation. There is also an inter-urban line of belt helping to keep the districts of South Tyneside, Gateshead, and Sunderland separated. It was first drawn up from the 1950’s. All the county’s districts contain some portion of belt. Included are several parks and local nature reserves and one large WWT reserve. For the county recorders, nearby birding sites and so forth please look at our County Durham and Northumberland pages

County Recorder
  • See Durham & Northumberland

Useful Reading

  • Where to Watch Birds: Northeast England

    by Dave Britton & John Day | Christopher Helm | 2004 | Paperback | 416 pages, B/w line illus, maps | ISBN: 9780713668261 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Friends of Red Kites in the North East of England

    The Friends Group was established in 2009 to encourages an active interest and community involvement in the protection and welfare of the red kite
  • Northumberland & Tyneside Bird Club

    The Northumberland & Tyneside Bird Club was founded in 1958 and membership is open to all with a beneficial interest in ornithology. The recording area for the club comprises Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • RSPB Newcastle upon Tyne Local Group

    The Newcastle group is the oldest in the north of England region having been founded in 1969. A full programme of outdoor meetings to good local birding venues in northern England and southern Scotland is offered along with an annual holiday. Indoor meetings are currently under review but it is hoped to offer meetings on at least a quarterly basis with high quality content and which offer an informative and social evening which will be open to all.

Abbreviations Key

  • Accessible Countryside

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    Disabled Access, Wheelchair walks, Easy Access, Access for All, Mobility, Walks on Wheels, Miles without Stiles - whatever the term this webspage is all about accessibility to the countryside and green spaces of Tyne and Wear.
  • Accessible Reserves

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    Accessible reserves and mobility scooters for hire...
  • DWT Rainton Meadows

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    Rainton Meadows is a nature reserve just to the east of East Rainton, Sunderland, north-east England. The reserve, which covers 60 ha, and the adjacent Joe's Pond Site of Special Scientific Interest, are managed by Durham Wildlife Trust. Home to Durham Wildlife Trust’s headquarters. The visitor centre is open seven days a week from 10am – 4.30pm as is the nature-themed WildPlay area. The centre has a range of facilities including toilets, a classroom, meeting rooms and a coffee shop.
  • LNR Derwent Walk Country Park & Derwenthaugh Park

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    Northern Kites is one of the northeast of England’s most high profile wildlife initiatives. It aims to return breeding red kites to the region whilst providing its communities and people with an opportunity to enjoy and appreciate one of the most spectacular elements of our wild heritage.
  • LNR Havannah Nature Reserve

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    Havannah Nature Reserve lies to the west of the village of Hazlerigg, approximately five miles north of Newcastle upon Tyne in the north of England. It was declared a nature reserve in 1998 and is designated a Site of Local Conservation Interest. A wildlife corridor runs through the site.
  • WWT Washington

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    Get close to thousands of ducks, geese, swans and flamingos from all over the world! A visit to WWT Washington is fun as well as educational and there's plenty to do and see all year round.
Forums & Mailing Lists
  • NorthEastBirding

    Mailing Group
    This group is for everyone interested in birds and birding in North East England (Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, County Durham, Cleveland, North Yorkshire). It is a discussion forum for all aspects of birding - sightings, trip reports, census work, personality profiles, bird race and Big Day records, lists - and jokes. Although its primary focus is birding in the North East, all other bird-related topics are welcome. However, this is NOT a forum for character assassination, slander or libel.
  • Johnny Kinson - Sedgedunum Warbler

    Segedunum, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom

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