Burnfoot Holiday Cottages, Northumberland
Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland
Luxury self catering holiday cottages in Northumberland
Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland

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Local Wildlife

Northumberland hosts a wealth of interesting wildlife for the enthusiast - from the breeding ospreys at Kielder, to the recent case of lost sperm whales turning up on our coast.

Here at Burnfoot one can very occasionally see otters playing under the bridge, although they are notoriously shy and extremely difficult to spot. A pair of herons fish in the burn every day and you can also see buzzards, oystercatchers, curlews, lapwings, whimbrels, teal, widgeon and mallard in the fields alongside the burns where their habitat is protected as a nationally important Site of Special Scientific Interest. Deer can often be seen in the strip of land on the hill, recently planted with trees, alongside the road to Snitter (look left out of the entrance).

From the middle of July to the end of August, Pam will come down to the cottages at 7pm on Monday afternoons with her pet eagle owl for children to see up close - a great way to spark children's interest in wildlife.

There are a few local barn owls that patrol the roadside hedgerows at dusk, and once outdoor games have long since ended you may catch a glimpse of our resident short eared owl who likes to sit on the tennis court fence of an evening.

Northern Experience Wildlife Tours (aptly abbreviated to NEWT, Tel: 01670 827465) offer guided wildlife watching and photography tours around various parts of Northumberland, allowing you the opportunity to see some of the rarer species inhabiting the area. Otters, seals, dolphins and minke whales are regularly seen on their coastal outings, while their tour of the Cheviot Hills unlocks many of the secrets of our secluded valleys to reveal ring ouzels, whinchats, a wide range of raptors and a small number of the elusive black grouse.

One of Europes largest grey seal colonies and 100,000 pairs of nesting seabirds can be found at the Farne Islands. There are numerous boat trips to the islands which leave from Seahouses (Just turn up during summer months. Sailings subject to weather outside the summer  call the Seahouses Tourist Information Centre in advance on 01665 720 884). You can take a tour around the islands to take some great photographs of the seals, or if you are National Trust members you can land on the main island to have a wander. A great day out (if the weather's fine!).

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Burnfoot Holiday Cottages
Burnfoot, Netherton, Northumberland National Park, NE65 7EY
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