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Where to Spot the Best Wildlife

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Perfect for families, pets, walkers and cyclists

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Birds and Wildlife

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Beaches and coastline

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Hills and countryside

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Long distance paths

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Within walking distance

Haltwhistle Burn

The Haltwhistle Burn is a river which lies to the east of Northumbrian town Haltwhistle. It will take you just under 10 minutes to get there by foot from our camping and glamping site. You can expect to see red squirrels and otters here so keep a look out and make sure to take lots of snaps!

Local wildlife hotspots

Walltown Quarry, Geltsdale Nature Reserve & Allen Banks

Walltown Quarry (Walltown Country Park) lies on the line of Hadrian's Wall, near the village of Greenhead. You can expect to see ducks and buzzards here so why not feed the ducks on your next visit?

Geltsdale Nature Reserve is hidden away in the north-west corner of the North Pennines, Geltsdale and is a beautiful nature reserve that encompasses two hill farms - Geltsdale and Tarnhouse. Here, you'll find upland birds such as black grouse, breeding waders including curlews, and birds of prey like the hen harrier.

Allen Banks is a 617-acre site which provides the perfect setting for an adventure. You can expect to find red squirrels here.

Northumbria Coast

Farne Islands & Coquet Island

The Farne Islands are a group of islands off the coast of Northumberland, England. 

Spot puffins and arctic tern on your visit!

Lying just one mile off the coast at Amble, Coquet Island is an RSPB nature reserve. It is a safe haven for over 30,000 pairs of seabirds. Here you may find puffins and arctic tern.

Kielder Water & Forest Park

Home to England’s largest forest and the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe, Kielder Water & Forest Park is a playground for cyclists, walkers and outdoor enthusiasts.

You can expect to find osprey, water voles, red squirrels, badgers, otters and adders here.

Cheviot Hills

The Cheviots are a range of rolling hills straddling the Anglo-Scottish border between Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.

Here, you might spot an adder on the track, or birds such as curlews, stonechats, meadow pipits, whinchats, skylarks, buzzards and possibly merlins.

Wildlife Spotting Checklist

Why not get the kids involved with wildlife spotting in Northumberland? Use our handy checklist to tick off each animal once you've spotted them on your Northumberland trip! You can download it here.