Friday, 25 July 2014

20th July: Eider duckling update

The eider duckling that was found alone on the Reserve early in June and taken up to Berwick Swan and Wildlife Trust's centre is making some great progress.

The young eider, which has now grown much bigger, has been moved into a larger aviary along with several mute swan cygnets.

Photos of the eider on the Berwick Swan Trust's Facebook page can be found here:

Eider duck photo from Berwick Swan Trust

Lindisfarne NNR is a great place to see young eider 'creches' at the minute, as you are driving across the Holy Island causeway's bridge watch for groups of ducklings with adult females swimming and roosting at the edge of the channel.

Female eider duck with part of a creche

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

16th July: Upcoming Event - The Lost Buildings of Lindisfarne

Come along to Lindisfarne NNR to see there's more than nature hidden among the dunes!

Join local historian and Lindisfarne NNR volunteer John Woodhurst to explore some of the Island's less well known historic sites and discover Lindisfarne's once thriving, but now mostly forgotten, industrial heritage.




John really brings to life the history of Lindisfarne on his popular walks while taking in the beautiful scenery and unique features of the Island. More information about all of his events can be found on our Events Page.

Places are being booked up fast so to make sure you don't miss this event, book your place now by emailing laura.scott@naturalengland.org.uk or calling 01289 381470.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

11th July: A good season for butterflies on Lindisfarne

The warm weather of the last few weeks has produced a spectacular array of butterflies on Lindisfarne NNR.

Species such as ringlet, dark green fritillary and small heath have been especially abundant this year, but numbers of the white butterflies have been lower this summer so far. You can spot many of the Reserve's butterflies while walking the self-guided nature trail, which is included in our Reserve leaflet available at several points across the Reserve. You can also download a PDF here.

Dark green fritillary

Common blue

Small heath

Reserve staff are holding a butterfly walk on the 16th August, more details on our Events Page.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

10th July: Successful family craft day!

Our summer family craft day went really well last week, the Island was busy and over 50 children made some great creatures, including the most colourful lapwings Lindisfarne has ever seen!


A group of children very happy with their creations

Enjoying decorating a googly-eyed Little Tern 

Families enjoy learning about the Reserve's wildlife while making fun crafts and are always very impressed with our free family events. 

Reserve staff and volunteers are running more craft events during the summer, please see the Events page for more information.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Pirr -pirri  bur bash - 8th July

Over the last week or so we have been targeting the burs of pirri-pirri, concentrating on the network of desire lines through the dunes.  Pirri-pirri bur tends to grow on the yellow dunes (marram grass dunes) and the desire lines which have formed within the dune system.

Over the coming weeks we will continue to remove the burs from the main access points and desire lines to reduce the risk of visitors coming in to contact with the sticky heads of the burs and transferring them to other sites.

Please keep to the existing paths and desire lines and keep dogs on a short lead or at heel whilst on the Reserve.


Desire line following bur clearance




Area prior to bur removal




After bur removal

Thursday, 3 July 2014

3rd July: Special Event this Saturday


Saturday 5th July, 1.30pm - 4.00pm
Return to Sender: An Arts and Ecology Project
Litter Pick on Lindisfarne NNR

This Saturday, Reserve staff along with artists Sally and Adam are looking to recruit as many people as possible to take part in a litter picking event on Lindisfarne NNR. This is part of a project which serves a dual purpose - cleaning up the environment and creating art! Sally Madge and Adam Phillips are working with Natural England, Berwick Film Festival and Berwick Museum to develop this project. 

NNR staff regularly carry out litter picks to protect the wildlife of the NNR, as birds and seals can get caught in netting and rope. Birds and marine wildlife also eat smaller pieces of litter which is very harmful. Please come to the event on Saturday to help us keep the beautiful shores of Lindisfarne clean and safe.

The Return to Sender project will provide further help with keeping our shores clean, with follow-up events in August to turn the collected litter into art displayed at Berwick Museum.

Meet at Holy Island main car park, grid ref: NU126423. There will be a walk of about a mile across the dunes to Coves Haven where the event will begin. 

We hope to see you there!

Monday, 30 June 2014

30th June: Little Tern Recovery Project Update

The shorebird breeding season is well underway with chicks becoming a regular sight on our coast line. It’s an exciting time for visitors but a worrying time for parent birds who keep a close eye on their offspring to help see them through until they can fly themselves. The EU Life Project currently running on the coast has done its bit to help by adding new areas protected by fencing. This creates small parts of the beach just for wildlife which is free from disturbance. Any disturbance from dogs or people can cause parent birds to move away from the chicks and open them up to all sorts of dangers.

As well as fenced off areas we have our unsung heroes of Lindisfarne NNR shorebirds - our hardy bunch of volunteer wardens. They have been busy keeping watch over our shorebirds all along the Northumberland Coast. They are tasked with speaking to visitors and collecting valuable information on how the birds manage over the summer months.

Gill is one of many shorebird wardens keeping a close eye on the coast

We are always looking for more people to help - If you would like to volunteer or for more information then get in touch: northumberlandlittleterns@gmail.com

Mhairi Maclauchlan
Project Co-ordinator EU LIFE+ - Little Tern Recovery Project Northumberland

Friday, 27 June 2014

27th June: Family Craft Event, Wednesday 2nd July

Reserve staff and volunteers are holding another fun craft event next week at the Window on Wild Lindisfarne, our previous craft events have been a great success with hundreds of Little terns, lobsters, flapping lapwings and seal cards made by visiting families and local schools.

Here are some photographs from previous events:




If you would like to learn more about Lindisfarne NNR and make some fantastic crafts as keepsakes, drop-in anytime between 11.00am and 1.00pm on Wednesday 2nd July at the Window on Wild Lindisfarne. More details on our Events page. We'd love to see you there!