It was time for my first visit of the year to this site above, not exactly a local beauty spot but a hidden gem. This is Redheads landing and its a public right of way (for now) and has been for along time. The first thing I noticed when I pulled up here was that a few folk were cleaning up the old slipway here, this group are called Redhead landing public support group I learnt after having a chat with them. They told me about the future development planned for this site and the surrounding area.....and then I was told about the nesting ledges.
Promotion board on the entrance gate...I think a email will be sent!
This was the sight that greeted me when I eventually walked further down the slipway. The port of Tyne have removed years of Kittiwake mounds from most of the ledges and put boards over them to stop the birds nesting here.....to say I am gutted is a understatement! No doubt the rest will go the same way.
Ringed bird here today, cannot get enough detail off it unfortunately. But its also been colour ringed so might be able to find some details from this.
So its looking like this sight will not be seen here this year. Over 50 pairs nested here last year, South Tynesides only inland breeding colony.... in the process of being evicted.
This is the first time Ive given the exact details of this colony on any web site etc. due to some of the nesting ledges being easy to access and also not wanting any low lifes to cause the birds harm.