SEATON CAREW, HARTLEPOOL
TEESSIDE, COUNTY DURHAM (Stockton-on-Tees, Billingham), (E)
National Grid NZ 517321 00o00´/00o00´ N/A ha 5m, artificial sea defences, harbour
Birding Site Guide
Seaton Carew is located only around 6 miles N of Saltholme RSPB Reserve along the A178. From Saltholme exit turn left and there is very soon a roundabout, go straight on (A178) and at next roundabout do the same (between these roundabouts are located a couple of car parks for Teesside National Nature Reserve, also worth a look). At Seaton Carew the A178 goes over a railway bridge, as soon as you can after this turn around and come back to the bridge via the other side of the road, there is a car park located on the slip road from the bridge on this side of the road.
The car park is free, look for Mediterranean Gull on the lampposts here. There are Turnstones along the sea defence. Walk N along the paved area between the railway and the sea. Stonechats and Black Redstarts frequent the concrete structure too, and a little further along is an outfall pipe which is good for Purple Sandpipers.
A little way further N is the enclosed harbour where many waders can be found including Redshank, Curlew and Ringed Plover. Out in the bay look for all types of grebes, sea ducks including Eider and Common and Velvet Scoter and other sea birds and gulls.
Other sites close by include Saltholme RSPB Reserve and Teesside National Nature Reserve, see there write-ups on BSG.