“Tyneside’s Big River”
This new web based guide to the ‘Wildlife along the Tyne’ is currently in development. It will contain interactive maps, which show over thirty locations. The River Tyne in the North East of England is formed by the confluence of the North and South Tyne to the west of Hexham. It flows for over seventy miles. This large riverside habitat is rich in wildlife all year long. There are also plans to extend this guide further to include the North and south Tyne over the coming years. Alongside this brand new website there will be opportunities to attend free walks and guided wildlife tours. There will also be a regular e-newsletter.
We will list the selection of sites that will be featured in this new website over the coming months. Additional locations will also be referenced to external websites such as birdwatchingsites.co.uk
The combined Tyne flows through Northumberland and Tyneside reaching the depths of the North Sea at Tynemouth and South Shields. This guide will include North Shields Fish Quay; a popular fishing port, which dates back to the 13th Century. The Fish Quay sits close to the mouth of the Tyne and formed part of the original settlement of North Shields.
To the west historic towns such as Corbridge and Hexham’s Tyne Country Park will also be included. The delights of popular riverside parks at Hebburn, Newburn and Walker and will be showcased and the habitats along the Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside’s will be headlined.
“We are hoping this new website will help inspire and
encourage others to help support the conservation/restoration of this valuable riverside habitat.”
Once upon a Tyne most of the world ships were built along the Tyne. Fleets of tall ships sailed along the tyne for trade, whilst fishing vessels gathered at the mouth of the tyne at North Shields to help feed the local population. Over the past hundred years the regions fishing fleets have shrunk and most of the heavy industry and ship building yards have vanished. In some cases much of the land has been returned to the natural world. At some locations this has been restored and any industrial legacy removed. This has happened at sites such as the Royal Quays in North Tyneside and ‘Walker Riverside Park in Newcastle. Much more could be done however to remove past industrial contamination and to make habitats which are positioned alongside the route of the River Tyne more wildlife friendly.
“Do you have a favourite site ‘Along the River Tyne’ that you feel could be included?
A local Patch? If so please get in touch! All contributions are greatly appreciated and most welcome.”
As visitors and residents enjoy the delights of this famous riverside habitat they can also enjoy a selection of neighbouring wildlife corridors such as Wallsend Burn/Dene and Parks which flows from the Tyne and reaches far north up into the Rising Sun Country Park. There is also the Ouseburn, which flows through to the beautiful Jesmond Dene which is one of the best well established woodland habitats in the north east. And further north…. onto the legendary and well-loved Gosforth Park Nature Reserve that continues to blossom following the hard work and constant efforts of the Natural History Society of Northumbria and it’s members.
“Have you visited the Tyne Kittiwakes yet?”
The furthest inland colony of breeding Kittiwakes in the world.