Geordie shore: the river Tyne’s ‘soft, gentle’ kittiwakes fly into trouble

The gull that ‘won’t eat your fish and chips’ is about to make its annual return to the UK – but a favourite nesting spot is under threat

Daniel Turner first became enamoured with the kittiwake when he was a teenager growing up in North Shields in the 1970s, where the North Sea meets the River Tyne.

“I would cross the Tyne on the Shields ferry and on the way I would also observe some of the plant life of the limestone grassland at the clifftops,” he remembers.

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