Feathered Friends

The puffins and terns may have flown to warmer climates but there are still many rare species of birds which can be found in Northumberland and around the coastal area during the winter months.  For all bird enthusiasts out there, it is also a great excuse to enjoy a quieter period in the year, away from the crowds and catch sights of bramblings, wigeons, Shellduck, Redshank and Bar-tailed godwit and many more.

Redshanks are residents to the Northumberland Coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and can be spotted all year round.   The Bar-tailed godwit is a wading bird and winter visitor to UK shores. It has a distinctive long bill and is part of the sandpiper family.  Bramblings are similar to a chaffinch but much less common and is another winter visitor to parts of Northumberland.  Herons can also be spotted at this time of the year.

All these unusual birds arrive in the Autumn and stay right through until the Spring.  These lovely images of Redshanks, Bartailed Godwits, Wigeon, Shelducks and Brambling, taken at Budle Bay, near Bamburgh in October were captured by our guests who are keen bird enthusiasts and have kindly given us permission to use them for this news blog. More information on the birds can be found at: http://www.rspb.org.uk/

All images: Courtesy of J. Whittle, Oct 2017


Holy Island is also a mecca for unusual species during the winter months and Newton Pool, Low Newton-by-the-Sea is home to one of Northumberland’s most attractive fresh-water nature reserves, tucked away in the sand dunes.

During the winter months, we are offering a special accommodation deal.  *Stay with us for three-nights during December, January and February, we will give you the third night free!  

* Christmas and New Year or the Valentines Weekend period excluded.  Other offers excluded including return guest discount offer.