Northumbria Coast

Site overview: This site includes much of the coastline between the Tweed and Tees Estuaries in north-east England. The shore here is rocky with cobble beaches. In summer, the site supports important numbers of breeding little terns, whilst in winter this area supports a large number of turnstones and purple sandpipers.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Special Protection Area
MPA Purpose
areas of the most important habitat for rare (listed on Annex I to the Directive) and migratory birds within the European Union


55° 19' 31" North,
1° 33' 17" West

Surface Area

10.98 km2
(4.24 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Ruddy turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Purple sandpiper (Calidris maritima) (Regularly occurring migratory species)