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Winter Birds at Ross Back Sands, Northumberland


If it’s not blowing a gale or raining (like last year!) this beautiful bay just south of Holy Island is one of the best places in the North East for wintering sea birds. We should see Long-tailed Duck, Slavonian Grebe and Red-throated Diver and with a bit of luck other species. We will also look for winter wading birds. This will involve a walk of around 4 miles and standing around looking out to sea, so please come dressed for the winter and bring a telescope if you have one. We will have a packed lunch while we watch the birds at high tide, so bring food and drink.

Meet in the car parking area alongside the road just before the village of Ross (grid ref. NU369132), which is 3 miles north east of the A1 from Belford via minor roads. Postcode for Satnav NE70 7EN.