Dunstanburgh and Craster

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The cliffs at Dunstanburgh are home to the largest breeding colony of Kittiwake in Northumberland


The area around Dunstanburgh Castle (featured in three paintings by Turner) is both a SSSI and an AONB. The cliffs shown here are made of hard Whin Sill basalt rock.This promotory provides a home to the largest colony of Kittiwakes in Northumberland as is also an excellent seawatching point.A sound recording made here during the breeding season is available on the birding-radio home page.
Breeding : Fulmar, Kittiwake (over 500 pairs), Puffin (scarce, scan cliff top), Razorbill and Shag.Wheatear,Stonechat (pictured) , Yellow Wagtail and rarities have been recorded.
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The Arnold Memorial Reserve below Craster Heugh,a whinstone outcrop,was set up in 1973 in memory of Dr. Lawrence Arnold on land sold by Sir John Craster to the Northumberland Wildlife Trust.It's ex-quarry workings,secondary Blackthorn scrub, gorse and woodland, together with its position next to the coast makes the reserve particularly important for both migrant and breeding birds. Breeding bird species include sedge and willow warbler, chiffchaff and blackcap. Amongst the migrants, a number of rarities have been recorded including wryneck, icterine, reed and barred warblers, red-breasted flycatcher and bluethroat. The reserve is a moulting site for lesser redpoll (right).

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The car park at Craster lies inside the whinstone cliffs of the old quarry workings.Fulmar (right) are a regular breeding species and are easily viewed from the comfort of a car.In spring look out for Wheatear,Willow Warbler and possible rarities amongst the hawthorn bushes, gorse and scrub.The nearby cliffs of Dunstanburgh are only a twenty minute walk from here, which follows the rocky shoreline providing many different species along the way.Look out for breeding Fulmar


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