Northumberland is fortunate enough to be blessed with a rich variety of wildlife.
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….
1. Puffins on the Farne Islands
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
Photo: Jane Coltman
2. Dolphins, Berwick
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.
Photo: Amber Thomas
3. Arctic Terns on the Farne Islands
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.
Photo: Kimberley Powell
4. Red squirrels
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.
Photo: Jane Coltman