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Tynemouth Northumberland

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Site Details

Coastal resort town whose focal point is the coast and beaches of the area. There are steep cliffs below the priory, home to nesting seabirds, with sand dunes, wide beaches, rocky areas, shrubs and trees, and a freshwater lake in the area. Tynemouth Pier, a stone breakwater stretching about a mile into the sea (in the mouth of the Tyne) can be a good place for seawatching in the right conditions (but is often very bleak - you are advised to shelter behind the lighthouse!), with Tynemouth Haven being a good place for migrants due its sheltered location.

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Directions

Easily accessible, with main roads leading into the town from all nearby areas. There is a metro (train) station in the centre of the town and buses from Newcastle and Whitley Bay regularly run along the sea front.

Access

Pier closed during bad weather and for most of the winter. The Priory (used as a watchpoint for the seabird colony below it) closes out of season, but open until late afternoon in the summer. All other routes and beaches, etc. can always be accessed.

Parking

Large car parks in Tynemouth Haven by the river Tyne, and smaller numbers of spaces on the banks and roadsides around the Long Sands.

Opening Times

The pier closes early evening every day and some car parks may be shut at night, but otherwise access to the beaches, etc. can be had at any time.

Facilities

Cafes, toilets, public telephones, etc. (all the facilities likely at a seaside resort) are situated along the shore, especially by the boating lake and on the Long Sands. However, there are no specialist birdwatching facilities.

Key Areas / Routes

Tynemouth lake, on the landward side of the coast road has a large gull roost which is probably underwatched. The beaches can host large numbers of waders in winter which spill onto nearby fields such as Beaconsfield, and warblers are often to be found in the dunes along the Long Sands. Cliffs here hold breeding kittiwake, fulmar, etc. and purple sandpiper, knot, dunlin, etc. can often be seen on the rock bases. Tynemouth Haven and the nearby small woodland is probably the best area for migrants, with pied and desert wheatears being apparent specialities here!

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