The Farne Islands Nature Reserve is a chain of 15 to 28 islands off the coast of Northumberland, England. The amount of islands showing at any one time depends on the tide. The islands cover a total area of 96 hectares and are located 2.5 – 7.5 km (1.5 – 4.7 miles) from the mainland. Visitors are permitted to visit only two of the islands; Inner Farne and Staple Island.
During the summer months, the Farne Islands are a birdwatching paradise. Hundreds of thousands of birds nest on the islands to breed, with over 21 species to spot including Arctic Terns, Herring Gulls, Pied Wagtail and Puffins.
A short nature trail on Inner Farne allows visitors to become better acquainted with the some of the archipelago’s diverse wildlife. These beautiful islands are popular with both nature enthusiasts and scuba divers alike, who take to the water to explore wrecks and swim with the charismatic seals.