Puffin Season at the Farne Islands

Every year between April and July, Puffins flock to the Farne Islands in their thousands to breed. This group of islands lies just off the coast of Northumberland and even have Sir David Attenborough’s endorsement – he has described it as his favourite place to see wildlife in the UK.
Boats can be taken from the nearby town of Seahouses to get an up close view of the puffins and other wildlife on the islands.
Tens of thousands of birds nest at the Farne Islands each year. Its not only puffins – Guillemots, Razorbills, Arctic Terns, and Kittiwakes are among the residents.
Here, families of guillemots make their nests on the rocks and cliff edges.
The young are taught to fly…and to swim.
The adults do the majority of the flying, making frequent trips out to sea, catching fish for their young. The famous bright coloured beaks only develop for breeding season, returning to a dark grey colour for the rest of the year.
Puffins rafting in the water signify the breeding season is coming to an end, and the colony are preparing to leave their nests for another year. During the winter they live at sea – in the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans.
The birds share the islands with a large seal colony.
Every year, thousands of seal pups are born and are raised on the islands.
The seal colonies can often be found sun bathing on the rocks.
Sunset is the best time of day to visit the islands.
When the sun lowers in the sky, the cliffs illuminate in golden light.
Silhouettes fill the skies as the birds return to their nests before the sun sets.
As well as the wildlife, Grace Darling’s Lighthouse is a famous sight of the Farne Islands. The Lighthouse on Longstone Island is named in honour of the lighthouse keeper, William Darling’s daughter, Grace, who is famed for her part in the rescue of nine stranded survivors of a boat wrecked on the rocks of the nearby islands.
The sun sets behind Lindisfarne Castle on the Holy Island just a few miles north.

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