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HAUXLEY NATURE RESERVE, Northumberland

 

HAUXLEY NATURE RESERVE, Northumberland
Located on the coast just east of the A1068 one mile south of Amble. Follow the road through High Hauxley, then turn off right towards the Caravan Park. Fork right again to the reserve car park, events are held in the visitor centre. Free parking, information, toilets and wheelchair access. Part of a complex of wetland reserves in Druridge Bay managed by the Northumberland Wildlife Trust (NU285023) Tel No 01665 711578
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LOW BARNS NATURE RESERVE, Co Durham

 

LOW BARNS NATURE RESERVE (Durham Wildlife Trust), DL14 0AG http://www.durhamwt.com/visitors-centres/low-barns/

On the banks of the River Wear 3 miles West of Bishop Auckland, Low Barns is a place where you can get close to nature. The bird feeding station is always busy with life, from blue tits to tree creepers. There are bird hides across the site, with views across lakes and reed beds where kingfishers and, if you’re lucky, otters and perhaps over wintering bitterns can be seen. The board walk puts you face to face with the birds and aquatic life at the heart of a reed bed and there are quiet spots along the banks where you can sit and wait for the wildlife of the river to come to you. Low Barns has a good network of surfaced footpaths and level terrain making it accessible for all and there’s a free to use mobility scooter available at the visitor centre. It’s always a good idea to call in at the centre at the start of your visit to check up on the latest sightings and definitely a good idea to call in to get some refreshments after you’ve explored the site– hot drinks or ice creams, all weather conditions are covered! Events are held at the Durham Wildlife Trust Centre viewing tower. Free parking, information, refreshments, toilets and wheelchair access. Tel 01388 488728

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NORTH CAVE WETLANDS, East Yorkshire

 

NORTH CAVE WETLANDS (Yorkshire Wildlife Trust)
http://www.northcavewetlands.com/

North Cave Wetlands, although a former sand and gravel quarry, is now a thriving oasis of wildlife.A mixture of shallow and deep water lakes and reedbeds provide outstanding habitat for passage, breeding and wintering wildfowl, waders, terns and gulls. A 2km perimeter path gives access around the established nature reserve and four large hides are positioned to give excellent viewing over key areas for birdwatchers and photographers alike.
Shallow gravel islands have been created in three lakes to provide breeding grounds for little ringed and ringed plovers, avocet, oystercatcher, lapwing and common tern. There is a resident population of tufted duck, gadwall, great crested and little grebe and sometimes shoveler. In spring and autumn small numbers and migrant wading birds pass through. Reed and sedge warblers and reed buntings are common in and around the reedbed and north side of the nature reserve.
Events are held in the Crosslands Hide at the end of Dryham Lane

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RAINTON MEADOWS  

RAINTON MEADOWS NATURE RESERVE (Durham Wildlife Trust), DH4 6PU
http://www.durhamwt.com/visitors-centres/rainton-meadows/

A place for all the family to enjoy, Rainton Meadows is conveniently located between Durham and Sunderland, well signposted from the A690. A showcase for nature’s power to restore and rejuvenate, the Trust has helped transform this former surface coal mine into lakes, wetlands, woodlands and grasslands. The members bird hide over the main lake (ask DWT about getting a key) is where to get a good look at waders and wildfowl and the footpaths and ponds are great places for dragonflies and butterflies in the summer. The site has different routes to take, so you can decide whether you’d prefer a short stroll or to explore further before coming into the centre and trying out the Meadows Cafe. And when the young ones have enjoyed a taste of nature let them loose on the outdoor Wild Play area, with logs, slides and climbing nets to keep them active.

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THE BARN AT BEAL, Northumberland

 

THE BARN AT BEAL
http://barnatbeal.com/

The Barn At Beal stands in a National Nature Reserve within an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty and with magnificent views of Holy Island and Lindisfarne Castle to the East, Ross Sands and Bamburgh Castle to the South East, and Goswick Sands to the North. Add to this the excellent Restaurant, Coffee Shop and Bar, and this is a great place to try out binoculars and telescopes in "field conditions".

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WASHINGTON WWT, Co Durham
 

WASHINGTON WWT, Co Durham
The reserve is located just south of the A1231 just east of Washington in District 15. It is one mile from the A19 and 4 miles from the A1 and is well signposted from the A195, A19, A182 and the A1231. Buses run to Waterview Park, a 200m walk from the centre, from Newcastle, South Shields, Durham, Sunderland and Washington. Free parking, restaurant, toilets and full wheelchair access. Entrance is free to WWT members though there is a charge for non-members.
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