10th June 2022 – Coquet Island, Northumberland

The RSPB says that “Coquet Island, situated off the Northumberland coast, is a vibrant seabird sanctuary, which is home to the UK’s only roseate tern breeding colony. It is also an important site for nesting puffins and common, Sandwich and Arctic terns.”

On our last full day in Northumberland we had a walk along the beach in the morning at Warkworth from where we could see Coquet Island in one direction and Alnmouth, where we have been staying this week, in the other direction. In the afternoon we took the hour long boat trip from Amble harbour around Coquet Island and enjoyed seeing puffins, guillemots, razorbills and various terns, including the rare roseate tern.

Alnmouth from Warkworth beach

The view from Amble harbour with Warkworth Castle in the background

You are not allowed to land on the island but we enjoyed this short trip which gave me my last photographic opportunity of the holiday.


Sandwich tern

You can just make out a roseate tern on the box in the centre of the image and one flying to its left.



Eider duck

Female eider duck

Puffin in the water

Coquet Island

Slideshow of today’s photos:

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