Wildlife and nature

You don't have to look too hard to spot a puffin on the Farnes

You don't have to look too hard to spot a puffin on the Farnes

June is a great month to explore all that our countryside has to offer. Trees are green, chicks are hatching and flowers are blooming. If you fancy heading out somewhere where you can do a little wildlife spotting, we have a few suggestions.

Coastal walks

From the sandy beaches and castles of Northumberland to the clifftops, sea stacks and caves of The Leas in South Tyneside, the coastline we look after offers some great walks. Here are our top seven walks in the North East. There's something for all levels and each one offers amazing views, wildlife spotting opportunities and a chance to recharge your batteries.

Nature spotters

Nurture your mini naturalists with our handy nature spotter guides. There are four to choose from, each helping you identify and tick off the wildlife you see on your day out from bugs, butterflies and bees, to trees and pond life.


Coastal Bioblitz

Explore your coast

Ever fancied helping with a wildlife survey? This is the summer of the coastal Bioblitz, a race against the clock to record as many species as possible. Join us on the Northumberland Coast on 21 & 22 August or at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas on Sunday 30 August.



Butterfly ramble

Take a walk with one of our Rangers to discover the variety of butterflies who live at Gibside. Learn more about their habitat and how to encourage them into your garden on a Butterfly Ranger Ramble on the 25 or 28 June.


Kites over Souter

On the 27 and 28 June the skies over Souter Lighthouse will be filled with beautiful kites from all over the country. Enjoy displays of kite flying to music, learn how to expertly fly your own kite and have fun on the children's rides.


Adventure play

We know keeping the kids entertained is a crucial part of your family day out. We've created lots of adventure play areas where they can let off steam while you relax and enjoy beautiful surroundings. 

Picnic on the coast

When was the last time you packed a picnic and enjoyed a day at the coast breathing in sea air, jumping over waves or lying in the sun? A while? Check out our top coastal picnic spots.

Get outdoors

Do you love spending time outdoors? Whether you want to get into sport or already love cycling, running or walking, check out our downloadable routes, regular events and guided cycle rides.

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