Look out for wildlife on the Durham Coast

A basking Durham argus butterfly at Durham Coast

Discover the great variety of wildlife that calls this coastline home all year round.

Durham Brown Argus

This rare little butterfly is the flagship species for a stretch of coast full of interesting and unusual wildlife. There are a number of colonies along the coast. Warren House Gill is one of the best places to go looking for them when they are on the wing in June and July

Look out for... skylarks

There's nothing like the sound of the skylark to make it feel like spring has sprung. They nest all along the coast in the grassland so it's easy to enjoy their song flights.
Tell me more about skylarks

Look out for... bloody cranesbill

It is very unusual to have areas of limestone on the coast. As a result the Durham Coast is home to lots of rare plants. One of our favorites is the beautiful bloody cranesbill.
Why the funny name?

Look out for... grey partridges

This once common bird has suffered serious declines and is now a protected species. Happily it can still be found on the Durham Coast. Beacon Hill is a good place to look.
Know your partridges

Look out for... dingy skippers

This is one butterfly that lives up to its name. It may not be the most beautiful, but we still like this rare little insect. Look out for it basking on bare earth.
Where and when to look for butterflies