Birdwatching is a popular past-time on the Northumberland Coast and Berwick-upon-Tweed is home to a wide variety of birds. The most famous being Berwick's herd of Mute Swans, the second largest group in Britain, which can be seen on the river all year round. At peak times almost 800 birds have been counted on the river and they have become quite a tourist attraction.
The Berwick herd is a ‘moulting colony’, this means that numbers fluctuate throughout the year. There are around 200 permanent residents (mainly non-breeding adults and juvenile birds) but the size of the herd increases in late summer and through the winter, as swans from other areas arrive to undergo the annual moult, or to take advantage of the rich feeding at the Tweed estuary.
The Tweed estuary is home to a variety of wildlife and birdlife, with Waders using the north shore of the Tweed (during migration).You can also find Divers, Grebes and Seaduck offshore during the winter months. The estuary also attracts Goldeneye which can also be seen in large numbers over the winter months.
There are large numbers of seabirds, including Puffin, which breed on the cliffs to the north of Berwick at Needles Eye. The most popular way to see the Puffins however, is by boat trip from Seahouses to the Farne Islands. Seahouses is just 22 miles south of Berwick and easy to get to on the local bus service.
If you are looking for an unforgettable birdwatching break, check out Northern Experience Wildlife Tours who offer guided, birdwatching, photography and wildlife tours, holidays and tuition, based in Northumberland, the North Pennines and the Scottish Borders. Birdwatch Northumbria also offer birdwatching tours in the wider area.