The whole of the Farne Islands are a designated National Nature Reserve. Staple Island is an important wildlife habitat known for its prolific breeding colonies of Atlantic puffins, razorbills and kittiwakes. A notable colony of grey seals breeds on the island with pups born every year in September–November.
Although now uninhabited, the island has a history associated with the early monastic settlement of nearby Lindisfarne. Views to the south range as far as Dunstanburgh Castle and along the north mainland shore to Bamburgh Castle.
- Information on the Farne Islands, North Sunderland and Seahouses.
- Farne Islands information at the National Trust
- Farne Islands access and information (commercial)
- Northumberland Coast — Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) — Northumberland Coast AONB Site
- "Farne Islands NNR". Natural England. http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/conservation/designations/nnr/1006053.aspx. Retrieved 2012-11-29.
- "Meet our grey seals at the Farne Islands". The National Trust. October 5, 2012. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/things-to-see-and-do/view-page/item986297/246681/. Retrieved 2012-11-29.
- "Your Guide to the Farne Islands". Your Northumberland Guide. http://www.yournorthumberland.co.uk/area-guides/farne-islands. Retrieved 2012-11-29.
- "Farne Lighthouse". Trinity House. http://www.trinityhouse.co.uk/lighthouses/lighthouse_list/farne.html. Retrieved 2012-11-29.