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Kittiwakes 2020 on buildings and structures around Tyne at Newcastle & Gateshead - pictures 29/07/20 Part 1

These pictures by myself from Wednesday 29/07/20 approx 1045 - 1145 showing further views of the Kittiwakes on upper levels of buildings and structures in the vicinity of the Tyne at Newcastle & Gateshead and the "mess" they create

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Kittiwakes 2020 on buildings and structures around Tyne at Newcastle & Gateshead - pictures 29/07/20 Part 2

These pictures by myself from Wednesday 29/07/20 approx 1045 - 1145 showing further views of the Kittiwakes on upper levels of buildings and structures in the vicinity of the Tyne at Newcastle & Gateshead and the "mess" they create

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Kittiwakes 2020 on buildings and structures around Tyne at Newcastle & Gateshead - pictures 29/07/20 Part 3

These pictures by myself from Wednesday 29/07/20 approx 1045 - 1145 showing further views of the Kittiwakes on upper levels of buildings and structures in the vicinity of the Tyne at Newcastle & Gateshead and the "mess" they create

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Kittiwakes 2020 on buildings and structures around Tyne at Newcastle & Gateshead - pictures 29/07/20 Part 4 of 4

These pictures by myself from Wednesday 29/07/20 approx 1045 - 1145 showing further views of the Kittiwakes on upper levels of buildings and structures in the vicinity of the Tyne at Newcastle & Gateshead and the "mess" they create

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Kittiwakes 2020 on buildings and structures around Tyne at Newcastle & Gateshead - pictures 01/08/20 Part 1

These pictures by myself from Saturday 01/08/20 approx 1000 - 1100 showing further views of the Kittiwakes on upper levels of buildings and structures in the vicinity of the Tyne at Newcastle & Gateshead and the "mess" they create

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Kittiwakes 2020 on buildings and structures around Tyne at Newcastle & Gateshead - pictures 01/08/20 Part 2 of 2

These pictures by myself from Saturday 01/08/20 approx 1000 - 1100 showing further views of the Kittiwakes on upper levels of buildings and structures in the vicinity of the Tyne at Newcastle & Gateshead and the "mess" they create

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Quayside has been disgusting throughout lockdown particularly under the Tyne Bridge where the smell and mess is particularly nasty.
 

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The back lane to where the city council deputy leader lives (we never see her outside and on the street - doesn't shop locally). Among the gulls, sideways to the camera, is what looks like a kittiwake. I'm not saying it is ...

It's amusing that a thread named urban wildlife should consist mostly of complaints about the mess made by seabirds, near the estuary. It's not as if a stiff yard brush and some warm soapy water wouldn't shift the bird lime of the walls and pavement. To me it seems the attitude to biodiversity in Newcastle is that it's effeminate and surplus and should be crippled and removed. It's the same everywher, of course, but is particularly blunt on Tyneside.
 

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You'd need a long brish to remove the shite off the Tyne Bridge.

Wildlife or not it is a public health hazard. The next cycxle of Tyne Bridge renewal should see some netting off of areas to avoid this literal shit storm.

Maybe we should be building towers of ledges and design the guano to be collected and utilised. Newcastle has a long history of selling excrement (and thats not a slight against the beer!).
 

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Birds on the River Tyne near Dunston Staithes - pictures 31/08/2020

For a change not pictures of Kittiwakes - they have left

Pictures by myself from Bank Holiday Monday 31/08/20 AM showing some images of birds on ta low tide and flat calm River Tyne on section of river at and east of the Dunston Staithes

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I'll miss my morning lockdown walks along the edge of Jesmond Dene. I've seen plenty of squirrels, wood pigeons, swans and ducks flying overhead (presumably to Paddy Freeman's) crows, blackbirds, a heron, some rats (of course) and on one glorious morning, a fox. I've seen numerous small birds that I'm ashamed to say I can't identify (beyond the robins and sparrows) and a few jays. I intend to keep up the early evening walk, which, if nothing else, will get the inevitable lousy day at work out my system.
 

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Lockdown and weather hampers Arctic tern breeding in Northumberland in 2020

Revival of Little Terns at North East nesting site at National Trust's Long Nanny site near Beadnell, Northumberland

ITV Tyne Tees website article from 16/08/19

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Revival of Little Terns at North East nesting site

A colony of one of the country's rarest seabirds has had its most reproductive season in decades after National Trust rangers camped out for three months to protect the nesting site.

They shouted, shone torches and waved their arms to scare off predators intent on eating fledgling little terns on a stretch of the Northumberland shore where none survived last year.

Weighing about the same as a tennis ball, little terns are one of the smallest seabirds in the UK.

They lay camouflaged eggs on the beach, often close to the high water line, and are vulnerable to predators.

Last year Storm Hector's torrential wind and rain meant none fledged from the National Trust's Long Nanny site, near Beadnell, because 40 breeding pairs were forced from their nests.


Full article on Revival of Little Terns at North East nesting site | ITV News

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Big change to situation for Arctic Terns 12 months later - see above post

BBC News Tyne and Wear article from 08/09/20

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Lockdown and weather hampers Arctic tern breeding in Northumberland

Arctic terns have failed to fledge chicks at one of their largest breeding sites for the first time in 40 years.

Extreme weather hit the season at Long Nanny in Northumberland, while the Covid-19 lockdown hampered conservation efforts, the National Trust said.

However the season was hit by exceptionally high tides in June, made worse by strong onshore winds, which washed half the nests away.

The Trust said many of the remaining nests were preyed on by rats and stoats, as rangers were unable to provide their usual round-the-clock care due to travel restrictions imposed by lockdown.

Rangers believe the remaining Arctic terns began to desert their nests by the end of June after being disturbed by predators and people walking through the colony.

A loose dog was thought to be the final straw, causing the seabirds to leave the site entirely, the organisation said.


AND in respect of the species in 2019 article in post above

Little terns, one of the UK's smallest seabirds, fared better, with up to six chicks taking to the wing to begin their migration to West Africa.

Full article on Lockdown and weather hampers Arctic tern breeding in Northumberland

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