Live the Wildlife in Northumberland!
For those of you who like to get out and enjoy the very best that nature has to offer in the UK, we think you’d be hard pushed to beat the abundant and varied wildlife that Beacon Hill Farm can offer. We have our very own ‘local’ wildlife living in and around the farm including squirrels, deer, badgers as well as some more traditional farm animals. Our Bushnell Trail camera situated down at Meg’s lake has been set up to capture some of the wildlife that passes by and occasionally some even ‘smile for the camera’.
Beyond the farm the Northumberland coastline boasts important and impressive seabird colonies as well as an array of marine animals that are either permanent fixtures on these shorelines or pass through on their migratory routes.
There are several seabird colonies on the Northumberland coast and the area is considered by many a birdwatcher’s paradise as people visit year-round to see some of the rare species that make these shores their home or temporary resting place. Perhaps most famous are the Farne Islands where there is of course an impressive puffin colony. Coquet Island & Beadnell Bay are also hotspots for twitchers, the former being home to the rare Roseate Tern.
Autumn is a particularly exciting time and our cottage guests often make efforts to go and see the arrival of some of the species of ducks, geese and wintering waders that arrive here at this time of year. At the same time many other passage migrants stop off using the Northumberland coast as a kind of service station to refuel before they complete their journey to southern climes.
Most people seem to be aware that you may be able to spot a seal when spending time on the Northumberland coastline, but few realise that it is one of Europe’s most important areas for the Atlantic Grey Seal and that they can be seen at any time of year. The outer Farne Islands tend to be the best bet for seal spotting as they haul themselves from the sea and rest in large numbers on the rocks, though you can also spot them from the mainland.
Fewer still know that certain species of dolphin, namely the white beaked and bottle nose dolphin, can be found here too, though the presence of these magnificent creatures is certainly not guaranteed and may require more planning and the help and expertise of local boatmen. Harbour Porpoises are commonly sighted and occasionally we hear of Minke Whales being spotted, particularly when the sea is calm.
A boat trip to the Farne Islands would be a great option to see both bird and marine life and there are a few specialist operators who will add to the experience with their local knowledge.
Head west to Kielder Water & Forest Park and you can expect to encounter roe deer, otters, red squirrels, many species of bats and birds of prey including Ospreys. The Ospreys are now thriving at Kielder after a long absence and visitors can enjoy unique views of the birds thanks to special nest cameras.