Tyne Kittiwake Week

Celebrating our Geordie Kittiwakes

A week of events to celebrate our Geordie Kittiwakes!

The Tyne Kittiwakes are the worlds most inland breeding colony of this spectacular seabird, something to truly take pride in.

In fact our Black-legged Kittiwakes spend winters out on the open ocean, cruising the harsh winds and waves, before choosing to returning home to the Newcastle-Gateshead Quayside to to raise their chicks on our urban cliffs (bridges and buildings). Throughout summer their calls bring the spirit of the wild ocean into the heart of the city, a soundtrack which has become synonymous with the Quayside. Their high rise apartments look out onto the River Tyne, above the bustling market, weekend out-outers and city visitors. 

At this point in time, people and Kittiwakes alike are raising families, knocking elbows (or wings..) in crowded spaces, and dining out in the same space. A careful balance of humans and wildlife living together, an example that could be set throughout the world. A balance that can be so easily tilted, with our Kittiwakes a declining, Red Listed species.

Join us for our first Tyne Kittiwakes Week to discover more about our lush, much-misunderstood, Tyne Kittiwakes, and to celebrate them as an integral part of our Newcastle-Gateshead heritage.

For a full week, we will be hosting exhibitions, talks, events and family activities in The Bottleworks space in Ouseburn – just up from Northern Rye. We’re delighted to share our programme of excellent local speakers and exhibition contributors, all of whom have an intrigue, interest and passion for the Tyne Kittiwakes.

To find out more about each event, and to reserve a space, please click the “EXPLORE EVENTS” button opposite.

Our Tyne Kittiwake Week has been made possible thanks to the incredible support of Hector Gannet (through our joint 2021 Tyne Kittiwakes Celebration event and donations), and everyone who booked onto one of our Kittiwakes & Doughnuts Mini Expeds last year. Thank you!

Event Programme

WEDNESDAY 29TH JUNE

Exhibition Launch 7.30pm to 9pm

A ticketed event to celebrate the launch of our Tyne Kittiwake photography and artwork exhibition. Contributors include Ben Andrew, Alan Hewitt, Oscar Dewhurst, Sarah Farooqi and Wild Intrigue.

Booking essential, tickets are free.

THURSDAY 30TH JUNE

Exhibition open to visitors 10am to 5pm

No booking required, just pop by.

Kittiwake Watch with Wild Intrigue 12pm – 1.30pm

Wild Intrigue will be along the Newcastle Quayside with a scope and binoculars to borrow. Come along to watch the Tyne Kittiwakes and discover more about their fascinating lives.

No booking required, just pop by and say hi.

The Tyne Kittiwakes | A talk by ornithologist Daniel Turner 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Dan Turner or – the Kittiwake King – as we affectionately call him, has been surveying the Tyne Kittiwakes for over 30 years. Dan’s interest and passion for our urban seafarers enables us to understand the movements, ecology and population changes of this urban colony, vital information which is shared through his involvement with the Tyne Kittiwake Partnership and beyond.

Booking essential, tickets are free.

FRIDAY 1ST JULY

Exhibition open to visitors 10am to 5pm

No booking required, just pop by.

Kittiwake Watch with Wild Intrigue 12pm – 1.30pm

Wild Intrigue will be along the Newcastle Quayside with a scope and binoculars to borrow. Come along to watch the Tyne Kittiwakes and discover more about their fascinating lives.

No booking required, just pop by and say hi.

Seabirds in the City evening event 6.30pm to 8pm

In cities across the United Kingdom and Norway, the kittiwake has gained notoriety for swapping the cliff-ledges of the coast for the artificial structures of the city.

Seabirds in the City is documentary examining what these birds can tell us about environmental change, the health of the world’s oceans, and the future of cities.

We’re delighted to welcome the Seabirds in the City project team as part of our Tyne Kittiwake Week, to share their work in exploring the connections between Kittiwakes and people – in Newcastle and beyond. An evening of film, talks and discussion.

Booking essential, tickets are free.

SATURDAY 2ND JULY

Exhibition open to visitors 10am to 5pm

No booking required, just pop by.

Make a Kittiwake family activity | 2pm to 3pm 

Kids are invited to bring their grown ups to find out more about the amazing Tyne Kittiwakes, and make a flying, wooden Kittiwake to take home! Huge thanks to our friend Tormod from Biotope for sharing his nifty Kittiwake design with us.

This is a free activity, but space is limited so please book!

Kittiwakes & Doughnuts Mini Exped 10am to 1pm

A Wild Intrigue experience to discover more about our Geordie Kittiwakes, featuring a guided Kittiwake safari on the Quayside, a talk by Dan Turner at BALTIC, and local artisan doughnuts by Proven Goods Co., naturally. 

Booking essential | Adults £25 + Under 18s £15

Sunset Kittiwake Safari

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the worlds most inland seabird colony, as the sun sets over the iconic Newcastle-Gateshead skyline on Wild Intrigue’s new Sunset Kittiwake Safari.

Booking essential | Adults £15 + Under 18s £12

SUNDAY 3RD JULY

Exhibition open to visitors 10am to 5pm

No booking required, just pop by.

Kittiwakes & Doughnuts Mini Exped 10am to 1pm

A Wild Intrigue experience to discover more about our Geordie Kittiwakes, featuring a guided Kittiwake safari on the Quayside, a talk by Dan Turner at BALTIC, and local artisan doughnuts by Proven Goods Co., naturally. 

Booking essential | Adults £25 + Under 18s £15

Make a Kittiwake family activity | 2pm to 3pm 

Kids are invited to bring their grown ups to find out more about the amazing Tyne Kittiwakes, and make a flying, wooden Kittiwake to take home! Huge thanks to our friend Tormod from Biotope for sharing his nifty Kittiwake design with us.

This is a free activity, but space is limited so please book!

Sunset Kittiwake Safari

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the worlds most inland seabird colony, as the sun sets over the iconic Newcastle-Gateshead skyline on Wild Intrigue’s new Sunset Kittiwake Safari.

Booking essential | Adults £15 + Under 18s £12

MONDAY 4TH JULY

Exhibition open to visitors 10am to 5pm

No booking required, just pop by.

Tyne Bridge works and the Kittiwakes | A drop in event with Newcastle City Council 10.30am to 1.30pm

Natalie Rutter, Ecology Officer for Newcastle City Council, is joining us to talk through the essential planned works on the Tyne Bridge, and share how the Kittiwakes are being well-considered throughout the project. You are invited to drop by to find out more, view mitigation plans, and have a friendly chat with Natalie about the project.

No booking required, pop by for a chat.

Kittiwake Watch with Wild Intrigue 12pm – 1.30pm

Wild Intrigue will be along the Newcastle Quayside with a scope and binoculars to borrow. Come along to watch the Tyne Kittiwakes and discover more about their fascinating lives.

No booking required, just pop by and say hi.

In conversation with Kit Jewitt (@YOLOBirder) 6.30pm – 8pm

Kit curated Red Sixty Seven, a book “that should not exist”, highlighting the UK’s most vulnerable, red listed birds – including our Black-footed Kittiwake. To date, Red Sixty Seven has raised over £40,000 for the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). Kit also hosts the Golden Grenades podcast, a celebration of all things feathered.  

Join us as we chat with Kit about Kittiwakes, and all things “crex, ducks and rook’n’roller”.

Booking essential, tickets free.

TUESDAY 5TH JULY

Exhibition open to visitors 10am to 5pm

No booking required, just pop by.

Kittiwake Watch with Wild Intrigue 12pm – 1.30pm

Wild Intrigue will be along the Newcastle Quayside with a scope and binoculars to borrow. Come along to watch the Tyne Kittiwakes and discover more about their fascinating lives.

No booking required, just pop by and say hi.

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