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St Mary's Island
LNR Type: Rural
County: Tyne and Wear
Natural England
Regional Team:
North East
Year of Declaration: 1992
Declaring Authority: North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council
Area (Ha): Click here to open the site map (new window). Once displayed, click on the site to see area and other details.
Grid Reference: NZ 352 754
Location: St Mary's Island, Whitley Bay, NE26 4RS.
Owned by: North Tyneside Council
Managed by: Friends of St Mary's Island
SSSI Type: Biological
Link to site map: Click here to open the site map from the MAGIC web site.
How to get there: 2 miles north of Whitly Bay town centre. Parking for the site is provided by two car parks along Trinity Road, which is accessed off The Links (A193).
Visitor facilities: One of the car parks has a public toilet. The lighthouse is now a visitor centre, popular with tourists and schools.
What to see: Connected to the mainland by a causeway that can be crossed at low tide, the island is home to St Mary's Lighthouse. The rock pools are home to a wonderful array of marine life, while seabirds can be observed from the island itself. The wetland is particularly important as a high tide roost for golden plover, oystercatcher, curlew and redshank, and as an important landfall for passing migrants in spring and autumn.
Volunteer and 'Friends of' groups: Noth Tyneside council volunteers

The Friends of St Mary's Lighthouse and Island
Phone; 0191 200 8650

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Contacts for further information and how to get involved: North Tyneside Council Main Enquiries:
Tel: 0345 2000 101
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Last Updated: 18/03/2013
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