Seabirds in the CityI’m part of the production team for Seabirds in the City, a film documentary which aims to develop a better understanding of seabirds and seabird decline; why species are moving into cities; and how urban areas are working to support co-existence.

The documentary is based upon published research, and a unique collaboration between social scientists and marine biologists. The documentary examines what these birds can tell us about environmental change, the health of the world’s oceans, and the future of cities.

Over the last few weeks, we have been filming in ‘Kiitwake’ hotspots of Newcastle upon Tyne, Scarborough and North Shields and the more ‘typical’ cliff face breeding colonies in Northumberland.

When pandemic restrictions are eased, we’ll also be heading further afield to the Shetland Islands and Norway.

Seabirds in the City is kindly supported by Durham University and the Economic and Social Research Council, part of UK Research and Innovation.

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Newcastle upon Tyne Kittiwake, © Alan Hewitt Photography