The autumn and winter months are an important time for wading birds on our coastline. Species such as purple sandpiper and turnstone travel south from Scandinavia to feed along the rocky shore and sandy beaches. Both species are currently in decline and a key priority for the Coast Sunderland project; as are other important birds you can spot, such as curlew, oystercatcher, knot, sanderling, redshank and ringed plover, feeding and roosting on the coast and nearby land.
Seabirds such as terns, herring gulls and black-headed gulls can be seen flying and feeding along the coast, and smaller birds breed in the clifftop fields and scrub. Look out also for a rare glimpse of predatory species such as kestrel and peregrine falcon.