A new route around the Long Nanny

Our team have recently set up the shorebird site on the Long Nanny. Each year a section of the coast between Beadnell and High Newton is roped off to protect the nesting grounds of several important breeding birds, including Arctic terns, little terns and ringed plover.

Following a significant amount of erosion over the winter and subsequent realignment of the burn, access to the north side of the burn brings people very close to the collapsing dune edge. As a result of these issues, the walking route along this stretch of coastline has a diversion route. Access along the beach is only possible at low tide to help us to protect the nesting birds - at any other time we ask that you please follow the diversion through the dunes from Beadnell car park, this is waymarked from the beach and is detailed on the map on this page and at several locations on site.  

Please follow the diversion route
Path diversion through dunes at all times other than low tide
Please follow the diversion route

By following this diversion, you are ensuring that the dune can recover from these winter storms. When the birds are left undisturbed on the beach we will hopefully have a successful year with as many fledglings as possible, helping towards the survival of the threatened species that call this estuary home. We also ask that you keep your dog on a short lead at all times on the beach and in the dunes as this will also help to ensure disturbance of bird nests is kept to minimum. 

Rangers will be stationed along this stretch of coastline to monitor the birds but unfortunately, as social distancing cannot be maintained on the viewing platform, this will be closed at the current time. We hope you enjoy your walk along this beautiful stretch of coastline and watching these beautiful birds from a safe distance.