Coquet Island, England
|Coquet Island, England|
Coquet Island, England shown within Northumberland
|OS grid reference||NU293046|
The most numerous species is the puffin, with over 18,000 pairs nesting in 2002, but the island is most important for the largest colony of the endangered roseate tern in Britain, which, thanks to conservation measures including the provision of nestboxes to protect the nests from gulls and bad weather, has risen to 92 pairs in 2005. Other nesting birds include sandwich tern, common tern, Arctic tern, black-legged kittiwake, fulmar, three gull species, and eider duck.
The island is uninhabited in winter, but seasonal wardens are present throughout the summer to protect the nesting birds. Landing on Coquet Island for the general public is prohibited, but local boating companies from Amble sail close up to the island in good weather throughout the summer, allowing visitors to get good views of the puffins and roseate terns.
|Location||Coquet Island, Northumberland, England|
|Year first constructed||1841|
|Height||22 m (72 ft)|
|Focal height||25 m (82 ft)|
|Current lens||1st Order Catadioptric Fixed Lens|
|Intensity||White 155,000 Candela, Red 21,830 Candela|
|Range||White 19 nmi (35 km); Red 15 nmi (28 km)|
|Characteristic||White and Red Flashing 3 Times Every 20 Seconds|
|Fog signal||One 3 Second Blast Every 30 Seconds|
|ARLHS number||ENG 025|
Coquet Island also holds the remaining structure of a medieval monastery on the south western shore, which was largely incorporated into the 19th-century lighthouse and lighthouse keepers' cottages. Coquet Lighthouse was built by Trinity House in 1841 at a cost of £3,268.
James Walker designed the lighthouse, which is a white square tower of sandstone, with walls more than one metre thick, surrounded by a turreted parapet. The first keeper at Coquet Lighthouse was William Darling, the elder brother of Grace Darling. The lighthouse is now automatic with no resident keeper.
- The Farne Islands; another important bird reserve about 30 km to the north.
- Henry of Coquet (12th century) - Danish hermit and miracleworking saint who lived on this island.
- "Coquet Lighthouse". trinintyhouse.co.uk. Trinity House. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
- Tide times for Coquet Island from the BBC and Easytide.
- History of Coquet Island. (Modified from "A History of Northumberland", volume V, by John Crawford Hodgson. Published 1899).