Farne Islands National Trust
penguins at farne islands national trust

This cluster of islands, scattered a few miles off the coast of Seahouses, has been named Sir David Attenborough’s favourite site to observe wildlife in the UK. Around 23 different bird species may be seen here, including colourful puffins who return to the same mate year after year.

Farne Islands – David Attenborough approved

Between March and October, visit Seahouses and arrange a Farne Islands boat tour at one of the wooden shops around the port. Serenity Weather permitting, Farne Island Boat Tours, Billy Shiel Boat Trips, and Golden Gate Farne Island Tours all sail daily throughout the summer months, as well as on weekends and school holidays throughout the year.

Keep an eye out for the island’s population of grey or Atlantic seals, which may be found lounging on the rocks or bobbing inquisitively in the water. The islands host England’s largest breeding colony, and fluffy white seal pups may be seen on the islands beginning in late October.

If you want to watch the seabird extravaganza, come between mid-April and late July to see the most razorbills, guillemots, eider ducks, and, of course, puffins. Remember to wear a hat since Arctic terns will swoop down and dive-bomb unwary people in order to protect their eggs.

Make memories at Farne Islands, National Trust’s most incredible location for wildlife spotting…

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