are a few mixed farmland fields and scrubby areas where common birds for example..Reed
Buntings, Linnets, Meadow Pipits, Skylarks,Curlews,Robins, Dunnock, Kestrel can be
found.A full list of species I've seen here has a page to itself.
So there's something here for everyone. Next Time your passing why don't you drop in and have a look round IT'S WELL WORTH IT!..
North Bay is a great place to see common waders. Ringed Plover,
Sanderling, Dunlin, Curlew can all be seen here.Its best a few hours
before high tide. So you can find a good spot and let the tide push the
waders towards you. Rock Pipits, Pied Wagtails and Turnstone often feed
on the washed up seaweed here. If you look into the bay itself Eiders
and sometimes Red Throated Divers can be seen fishing in the sheltered
There is now a causeway connecting it to the mainland (which
is covered by the tide)
Please do no try to cross when covered by the tide as it's quite dangerous. It is mostly a sandstone rock which was connected to the mainland many years ago.
lighthouse itself was finished in 1898 at the cost of £8,000 and stands
120ft high, you can climb the 137 steps if able ( video service available for the disabled). It is no
longer in service ( It remained in use till 1984 when surpassed by
modern navigation methods)but is used as a navigation marker by airline
landing at Newcastle Airport. The lighthouse is floodlit at night and
can be seen for many miles.
St Mary's is also a SSS I (site of special scientific interest)and a VMR(voluntary marine reserve)
Please respect this if you visit.
St Mary's Island and Lighthouse
the Island is a point known as “CURRY’S POINT". Where in the autumn of
1739 Michael Curry could be seen hanging from a gibbet. He was executed
at the Westgate Newcastle on 4th September 1739 for the murder of the
landlord of "THE THREE HORSE SHOES" Hartley. As was the custom at the
time, he was hung within sight of the crime. A plaque stands there
today to mark the spot.
There have been a number of shipwrecks in the area of ST Mary's INCLUDING..
Feb 12th 1763 FOWLER.
Jan 7th 1812..SPEEDWELL
Oct 1880.. MARY ANN
Mar 14th 1888 ..CZAR
Sept 24tH 1889..GOOD HOPE
Jun5th 1891 ..TRE VENNER
Jun 26th 1891..GOTHERNBERG CITY. A small example of the wrecks here. Which are often visited by local Scuba divers.
Where to find St Mary's Island...
St Mary's Is located about 2 mile North of Whitley Bay town center.Just off the A193 Links road.
Grid Ref :NZ 352754
Which has also been known as "BATES ISLAND" or "HARTLEY BATES" it's now "BAIT ISLAND"