About the Island

A rugged wildlife haven

St Mary’s Island is a much-loved and well-recognised spot on the North East Coast. The small rocky island joined by a short tidal causeway makes its rocks a haven for wildlife, including sizeable Golden Plover flocks in the autumn and a stop-off for grey seals during their haul-out season. Its iconic lighthouse attracts visitors from around the world, but one of the wonderful things about St Mary’s Island is its natural surroundings and the wildlife that make this special place its home.

The island’s status as a nature reserve, supporting an incredible biodiversity in so concentrated an area, is what makes it so beloved of visitors, so special to the residents of this area, and so important for wildlife now and into the future. We value this wildlife haven and wish to ensure that the thing that makes it special is respected and protected.

Find out more about the Nature Reserve

Find out more about the Seals

Find out more about the Bird-life