From sprawling seabird colonies to rare raptors, the North East is home to a fascinating variety of birds. Explore the birdlife of North East England with NHSN’s Ornithology Specialist Group.

From the coastline of Northumberland to the hills and moors of County Durham, many NHSN members enjoy bird watching in the North East and learning more about bird behaviour and identification.

Our Ornithology Specialist Group carries out important research work through a very active bird ringing group and is involved in bird conservation work in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and County Durham.

Across the region, ornithologists run events, trips and talks to provide opportunities for you to get involved and enjoy our region’s wild birds.

Your Ornithology Coordinator

Chris Redfern

Ornithology Coordinator

Chris works to provide opportunities for you to enjoy, observe and study birds in the North East.

Chris is NHSN Bird Ringing Lead, the Editor of Northumbrian Naturalist and is the NHSN representative on the Coquet Island Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Farne Islands Management Advisory Committee and regularly publishes research into the region’s seabirds.

Anna Temple

Ornithology Coordinator

Anna works to provide opportunities for you to enjoy, observe and study birds in the North East.

Born in Gateshead, Anna has had an interest in the natural world from a very young and is passionate about birdlife in the North East. She has previously worked on the conservation breeding of threatened species, including Curlew, and following her degree, worked with the Wetlands Wildfowl Trust (WWT).

Join Bird Citizen science

Your sightings can shape our understanding of birdlife in our region.

Discover ornithological citizen science projects that you take part in across the region.

Long-tailed Tit © Martin Price

Bird ringing

NHSN volunteers have been involved in bird research for many decades, particularly through the use of bird ringing and satellite tagging as a conservation and monitoring tool.

Barn Owl © Phil Hanmer

Shorebirds at the Long Nanny

Take a closer look at one of many natural history talks shared on NHSN’s YouTube channel

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