Wildlife on the Farne Islands

Terns flying above rangers on the Farne Islands

Sir David Attenborough called the Farne Islands his favourite place in the UK to see 'magnificent nature'.

Seals, puffins and over 100,000 seabirds make the Farne Islands their home each year: discover the wildlife on your visit. But find out more about the wildlife from our rangers in the articles, videos, images and lists below.

Puffins on the Farne Islands, Northumberland

Puffins on the Farne Islands

The puffin is one of the country's favourite birds. There are few better places to see them up close than on the Farne Islands in Northumberland.

Arctic Terns on the welcome sign to the Farne Islands

Arctic Terns on the Farne Islands

Without doubt the species with the most presence on the islands are the Arctic Terns. During the breeding season our home becomes theirs and life very much evolves to fit in around these magnificent birds.

A pair of Arctic Terns on a trial shingle plot

Bird report 2016

Every year, thousands of seabirds including puffins, Arctic terns, shags, guillemots and razorbills return to the Farne Islands to breed.

A seal pup on the Farne Islands

Seal review 2016

The Farne Islands are home to thousands of grey seals, and each autumn hundreds of pups are born here.

A grey seal pup

Ten facts about the Farne Islands' seals

The Farne Islands are home to thousands of grey seals, and each autumn hundreds of pups are born here. Here are ten facts about seals on the Farnes from one of the head rangers.