Hartlepool Headland is nationally famous as a sea watching location and for the
past 50 years, until recently, Club members had access to the lookout tower in the
Heugh Battery forwatching coastal movements of seabirds. Access is via the A1049.
The Headland is a solid mass of Magnesian Limestone that juts out into the North
Sea, forming a prominent headland and it is this that makes it such a good place
for watching seabirds.
The surrounding public and private gardens and mature trees provide excellent cover
for migrant birds and The Headland has had a staggering array of rarities, in addition
to more common species. Sea watching in the autumn can be very exciting and, when
the weather conditions are right, huge numbers of auks, Gannets, shearwaters, skuas
and ducks pass north and south along the coast.
THE HEADLAND FROM THE AIR
SEA WATCHING AT THE HEADLAND