Our work on the Farne Islands

Four National Trust rangers counting guillemots on the Farne Islands

The National Trust ensures the future of many special places using skills and techniques not always seen by our visitors. Here you can find out more about how we care for Farne Islands, Northumberland.

Under the boardwalk

When the nesting seabirds have gone and the Islands close for the winter, the important conservation work continues. Boardwalks need to be repaired and replaced, there is always painting and decorating to do, and the Chapel and Tower are shut down for the winter.

The science part

While the Farnes are of course an important visitor attraction, their status as a Marine Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest means much of our work is dedicated to the study of this crucial habitat.

A certain ring to it

Here on the Farnes we are keen to monitor the many species that stop by to nest, feed and create such a magical spectacle. Whether it is ringing birds to track their movements, using GPS to tag seals, or simply spotting and recording rare appearances by unusual visitors; our team are always working to manage and maintain this incredible environment. 

Support our work

You can support the important work on the Farne Islands by visiting our shop in Seahouses or with a donation to the National Trust. As a charity, the National Trust relies on supporters to help fund the work we do on the Farnes to manage and protect this precious habitat.


A Day in the Life

This time-lapse film was taken during the nest-count day on Inner Farne in 2013. You can see the Inner Group team surveying the island tops before the visitors arrive on the island at 1.30pm. Keep an eye out for rogue curious puffins, a rising tide and the current moving through the Kettle - the channel where boats access the island.