Brothers guilty of bird offences.
The Ramsay brothers were prosecuted under the Wildlife and Countryside Act following an RSPB investigation into their winkle-picking expeditions to the island on July 20 and 22 last year.
Leslie Ramsay, 41, of Charles Road, Amble, admitted intentionally or recklessly disturbing nesting roseate terns on July 22.
Derwick Ramsay, 43, of Ivy Street, Amble, denied committing the same offence on July 20, but was found guilty following a trial.
The court was told that both of them went onto the island and caused roseate terns to panic and take flight after wandering too close to the birds' nesting boxes.
Bedlington magistrates adjourned sentence - the offence carries a maximum six months in prison and/or a fine of PS5,000 per incident - until January 25, so that probation service reports can be prepared. Mark Thomas, of the RSPB, said: "Roseate terns are incredibly rare birds, with Coquet Island being their only sanctuary left in the UK."
ADMITTED OFFENCES Leslie Ramsay