Whitburn Coastal Park

County Durham  >  United Kingdom

Whitburn Coastal Park is nicely sandwiched between Souter Lighthouse and Whitburn Point Local Nature Reserve. Good place to watch seabirds and migrating birds.

Added by Mark Harper


Whitburn Coastal Park is a migration hotspot in Spring and even more in Autumn when countless rarities have been seen here. This is an excellent seawatching point. Great for bird watching and often a chance to see European Shag, Common Eider, Kittiwake, Northern Fulmar, Herring Gull and other seabirds. Purple Sandpiper, Eurasian Oystercatcher and Ruddy Turnstone are regular in winter along with many other waders. Seawatching in winter produces divers, grebes, Common Scoter, etc, with Snow Bunting regular along the path and particularly at 'Jackies beach'. Which has also breeding Common Ringed Plover in summer. Peregrine Falcon and Merlin are also regular. Depending on season the coastal park will always offer a good day's birding. You can combine the birding with walking the coastal trail around the Souter Lighthouse, Whitburn Coastal Park and Lizard Point on the South Shields coast (for the 8 km route, see the map below).



The park and lighthouse are located just to the south of South Shields at the village of Marsden. You can park at the Souter Lighthouse car park off the A183 at Marsden Quarry. There is also a car park south of Whitburn on Mill lane. For the parking places see the P on the map and click on a P to go there directly)

Terrain and Habitat

Sea, Scattered trees and bushes, Grassland


Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring migration, Autumn migration


Wide path, Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by


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