13 amazing animal attractions in Northumberland

Northumberland is fortunate enough to be blessed with a rich variety of wildlife.

Sunday, 4th August 2019, 12:26 pm

The waters along its stunning coastline are home to seals, dolphins and a wide array of sea creatures, while vast areas of unspoilt countryside are home to ospreys, red squirrels and much more.

And if something a little more unusual is what you’re looking for, lemurs, meerkats and other exotic animals and birds can be found in the county’s zoos.

Take a look here to see what Northumberland has to offer….

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2019 is the 11th successive year of ospreys breeding in Kielder Forest. All the birds returned safely from migration to southern climes. Last year saw the establishment of a fifth breeding pair, and this year there are now six pairs of ospreys which laid at least 18 eggs between them
The puffin is one of the country's favourite birds and there are few better places to see them up close than on the Farne Islands. This rare bird is a firm favourite with visitors, offering endless photo opportunities in the height of the breeding season. With its beautiful markings, strikingly coloured bill and almost comic gait it is a bird that has endeared itself to millions. Puffins are on their way out in August but you may catch some at the beginning of the month and see them out at sea. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/farne-islands Picture by Jane Coltman
The Farne Islands are home to thousands of grey seals (also known as Atlantic seals), and each autumn hundreds of pups are born here.
You might be lucky enough to spot dolphins at any point along the Northumberland coast but Berwick has become a real hotspot for seeing them in recent years as they gather around the mouth of the River Tweed. You might even be lucky enough to see one with a salmon in its mouth! Seasonal boat trips operate from Berwick quayside to offer the opportunity of a close up view.
Chillingham's wild white cattle inhabit a very large park that has existed since the Middle Ages. The herd has remained remarkably genetically isolated for hundreds of years, surviving despite inbreeding depression due to the small population. Guided tours take you close, but not too close, to these extraordinary animals.
Without doubt the species with the most presence on the islands are the Arctic Terns. By the beginning of June the majority of the terns are down on eggs and a few weeks later we will begin to find the newest generation of this truly remarkable species. By the end of the year, some of these birds will be somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere.
The feral goat herds in the Cheviots are regarded as a good example of a primitive goat that helped sustain people of the British Isles from the times of the earliest Neolithic farmers. They pre-date modern goat breeds and are hardy, living a totally wild existence. The College Valley and Hethpool are among the best places to see them.
The north east of England is one of the few areas in the country that is still populated by red squirrels, such as this one at Pow Hill near the Derwent Reservoir. There are approximately 140,000 red squirrels in the UK and 2.5 million greys. Red squirrels are our native species and have lived in the UK for around 10,000 years, grey squirrels were introduced to the UK from North America by the Victorians in the 1800s, the first record of them escaping and establishing a wild population is 1876.
Wild otters are elusive but it is occasionally possible to spot them on the River Tweed in Berwick along New Road between the Old Bridge and Chateau Pedro.
Coquet Island, off Amble, is the only site left in the UK where you can still find a breeding colony of roseate terns. A timid bird by nature, they are especially vulnerable to bad weather, predators and any variation in the availability of food.
Whitehouse Farm Centre is Northumberland’s largest family run farm attraction spread over 40 acres, located south of Morpeth and just a mile off the A1. Among its attractions are wallabies, meerkats and Marmoset monkeys.
You can plan a fun filled day out at Kirkley Hall - there is so much to see and do. You'll meet all types of animals in the zoo including rainbow lorikeets, macaws and bearded dragons (pictured).
Northumberland Country Zoo is an up and coming family-run animal collection with 17 acres for visitors to explore with over 50 species of animals to see, including lynx, wallaby and ring-tailed lemurs.