National Grid NZ 276 967 00o00´/00o00´ N/A ha 10m, low coastline with sandy beaches and a series of large lagoons immediately inland

September-August especially for seabird passage (24.01.00 to 29.01.00 and 27.01.00-31.01.00)


Birding Site Guide

Parking is at Druridge Links just east of Widdrington off A1068, there is a train station at Widdrington. There are other areas to park here and all about this area. All the coastal dunes can be accessed via Public Rights of Way which can be followed north to Ladyburn Lake (Hadston) and beyond. To the south it is possible to walk to Cresswell Reservoir and beyond. Places to stay include a caravan park at Cresswell, and there are many Bed & Breakfast places and places to eat and drink.

There are large numbers of birds here particularly waterfowl, with many geese in the winter. The place is a magnet for migrants too and rarities do turn up.

There are many other areas within easy travelling distance of Druridge Bay including Chevington Drift Country Park just inland of Druridge Bay. To the north are the Farne Islands and Holy Island, Fenham Flats (with Guile and Ross Point), Budle Bay and Stag Rocks, Craster, Low Newton. Some of these may have separate write-ups here on BSG, look on the menu or search.


Birds seen (some species may have been close-by)

  • Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata
  • Arctic Loon Gavia arctica
  • Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
  • Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
  • Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus
  • Northern Gannet Morus bassanus
  • Northern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis
  • Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
  • European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis
  • Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
  • Mute Swan Cygnus olor
  • Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus
  • Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus
  • Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus
  • Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons
  • Greylag Goose Anser anser
  • Brant Branta bernicla
  • Canada Goose Branta canadensis intro'
  • Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna
  • Eurasian Teal Anas crecca
  • Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  • Common Pochard Aythya ferina
  • Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula
  • Common Eider Somateria mollissima
  • Common Scoter Melanitta nigra
  • Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator
  • Common Merganser Mergus merganser
  • Velvet Scoter Melanitta fusca
  • Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula
  • Smew Mergellus albellus
  • Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis intro'
  • Eurasian Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
  • Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  • Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus intro'
  • Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
  • Eurasian Coot Fulica atra
  • Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus
  • Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
  • Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
  • Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica
  • Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata
  • Common Redshank Tringa totanus
  • Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
  • Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima
  • Dunlin Calidris alpina
  • Mew Gull Larus canus
  • Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
  • European Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  • Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus
  • Common Murre Uria aalge
  • Razorbill Alca torda
  • Rock Pigeon Columba livia
  • Common Wood-Pigeon Columba palumbus
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto
  • Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis
  • Rock Pipit Anthus petrosus
  • Pied/White Wagtail Motacilla alba
  • Winter Wren Troglodytes troglodytes
  • Dunnock Prunella modularis
  • Eurasian Blackbird Turdus merula
  • Fieldfare Turdus pilaris
  • Redwing Turdus iliacus
  • Song Thrush Turdus philomelos
  • European Robin Erithacus rubecula
  • Great Tit Parus major
  • Eurasian Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus
  • Eurasian Magpie Pica pica
  • Rook Corvus frugilegus
  • Carrion Crow Corvus corone
  • European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  • House Sparrow Passer domesticus
  • Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
  • European Greenfinch Carduelis chloris
  • European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis


Author: BSG