*Puffin imagery taken by Kate Lowes
When coming to stay here at Warkworth House, we seriously recommend that you take a trip to Coquet Island. This RSPB protected island is so unique and a truly beautiful place to witness. Because the island is protected and is host to many rare seabirds, you are not permitted to touch down on the island but you can still get spectacular views from one of the boat tours which will take you very close. Warkworth House is the ideal place to stay if you want to visit this amazing island as the boat trips begin on the Quayside of Amble which is only a nine minute drive from our hotel.
What does the island offer?
The fantastic Coquet Island is the nesting ground for of 30,000 pairs of seabirds every year. Whether you’re a keen birdwatcher or just someone who enjoys wildlife, this really is a special place and one well worth seeing for yourself. The most famous species of bird on the island is probably the Puffin of which there are thousands of pairs. They come to Coquet Island in March and April in their thousands. These birds are large and boast a very colourful beak which has resulted in them picking up names such as ‘the clowns of the sea’.
One species that comes to Coquet Island which is well worth seeing is the extremely rare Roseate Tern. 90% of the UK’s Roseate Tern population will be found at Coquet Island and considering this is only about 80 pairs there isn’t much chance of seeing them elsewhere. These seabirds are really amazing and they make a huge journey in August and September when they travel to Africa for the winter along with the other types of Terns.
It is no secret that Coquet Island is considered as heaven for people who love bird watching but it is not just the birds that have tourists admiring the island. Coquet Island is also one of the best places to see seals in the whole of the UK. Up to 600 Grey Seals come to Coquet Island for safety each year during the early summer months and on the boat trips you will be able to see them lounging around on the rocks in the sun.
The Island is owned by The Duke of Northumberland and that includes the 80ft lighthouse that resides on the island. This beautiful lighthouse was built in 1841 and gives the island a great bit of character amongst the thousands of birds living here.
Come and stay at Warkworth House and be part of a fantastic yearly occasion and see firsthand the different species flocking to the island. It is something you won’t be able to see anywhere else.