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Allen Banks
Allen Banks
Site of Special Scientific Interest, has many miles of waymarked walks through ornamental and ancient woods.Pied flycatcher, redstart, grey wagtail...
Aln Estuary
Aln Estuary
The beautiful coastal village of Alnmouth lies on a equally beautiful estuary. Recent work by English nature has allowed the river to flood more areas, improving the habitat for both breeding and migrant birds....
Kielder Osprey and raptor viewpoint
Kielder Osprey and raptor viewpoint
Overlooking bakethin reservoir (part of Keilder) the forestry commission have provided a car park and vantage point.Several raptors including goshawk can be seen....
Big Waters and Prestwick Carr
Big Waters and Prestwick Carr
An excellent reserve lying east of Newcastle Airport, Big waters boasts an impressive list of both breeding and migrant birds....
Bolam Lake country park
Bolam Lake country park
Bolam Lake Country Park is situated in the heart of the beautiful Northumberland countryside surrounded by historic landscapes and dramatic views......
Bothal pond
Bothal pond
Bothal pond is an area of fresh water caused by mining subsidence lying close to the A197 Ashington to Morpeth road.Rarites include great white egret.....
Boulmer
Boulmer
The tiny coastal village of Boulmer has a beautiful sheltered bay, which at low tide reveals a fine area of mud and rock pools.Excellent for waders which also assemble in the field (when flooded) behing the Fishing boat Inn...
Budle Bay and Ross back Sands
Budle Bay and Ross back Sands
For ease of viewing,they don't come any better than Budle bay - a car park runs right along side.Then take a walk along Ross Links in winter, Sea duck, divers and Merlin.
Caistron Nature Reserve
Caistron Nature Reserve
A Mile (1.6km) from the village of Hepple and 4 miles (6.4km) west of Rothbury is Caistron, a series of lakes lying next to the River Coquet, formed by the extraction of gravel, formerly taken from the river itself.
Coquet Island RSPB
Coquet Island RSPB
The country's biggest breeding colony of the rare roseate tern is Coquet island's speciality.Landing on the island is prohibited but a boat trip from nearby Amble in the Spring or early summer is not to be missed.
Cresswell Pond Nature Reserve
Cresswell Pond Nature Reserve
A small brackish coastal pond that has produced some of Northumberland's rarest birds.Click here to find out more.
Dipton woods
Dipton woods
Excellent mixed woodland with breeding pied flycatcher and redstart in summer, and the chance of catching a glimpse of rarer Northumberland birds.....
Druridge Pools and East Chevington
Druridge Pools and East Chevington
Druridge pools and East Chevington reserve lie behind Druridge bay and are a major draw for waders and wildfowl throughout the year.
Dunstanburgh and Craster
Dunstanburgh and Craster
With its spectacular castle, Dunstanburgh has a wonderful if compact sea bird colony including kittiwake, puffin, razorbill and guillemot.Nearby Craster has produced some of the county's rarest birds.
Farne Islands
Farne Islands
Described as one of the most exciting places in Britain to watch, walk amongst and experience seabirds in their natural habitat, the Farne islands off the Northumberland coast are probably without equal.
Fontburn Reservoir
Fontburn Reservoir
Operated by Northumbrian Water, Fontburn supplies the towns and industries around Morpeth and Bedlington.There is a waymarked path along its southern shore where it meets a small reserve.Pied Flycatcher, redstart and other woodland birds in spring.......
Harbottle crags and lough
Harbottle crags and lough
Harbottle crags and the 'Drake stone' lie above the upper Coquetdale village of Harbottle.Climbing through a stand of conifers (wood warbler and redstart)....
Hareshaw Linn
Hareshaw Linn
A spectacular waterfall lies at the head of this beautiful upland valley.Dipper, grey wagtail and bird song add to an excellent birdwatching walk....
Harthope Valley
Harthope Valley
2Km south-west of the town of Wooler, Harthope and happy valley can be superb for birds of prey, with buzzard, peregrine and red kite all possible.....
Harwood forest
Harwood forest
Although a working forest and thick stands of conifers, Harwood can offer excellent birdwatching in the right areas, at the right time of the year....
Hauxley Nature Reserve
Hauxley Nature Reserve
In 1983 the Northumberland wildlife Trust took over the management and development of Hauxley. Paths and hides were constructed, reedbeds developed.....
Holburn moss and Swinhoe lakes
Holburn moss and Swinhoe lakes
A wonderful birdwatching walk which takes in some spectacular landscapes and vistas including parts of the St Cuthberts way....
Holy Island
Holy Island
Holy island or lindisfarne is a superb year round birding location but comes into its own in winter when its mudflats and coastal waters attract huge numbers of wildfowl, waders and sea duck.
Holywell ponds and Dene
Holywell ponds and Dene
Site of Britain's first Yellow-browed warbler (shot by Hancock), both the dene and nearby Holywell ponds has produced many a rarity over the years...
Hulne Park Alnwick
Hulne Park Alnwick
Alnwick Castle's extensive 500 acre parkland with undulating meadows, woods and moorland.The best site in Northumberland for Hawfinch in winter...
Ingram Valley
Ingram Valley
Fabulous scenery and birds of prey including Red Kite - now breeding in Northumberland.Northern kites have regular guided walks......
Kielder forest
Kielder forest
Probably the best site in Northumberland for raptors.Breeding goshawk,common buzzard, peregrine as well as crossbill and other superb birds....
Linton Lane
Linton Lane
A restored opencast site, the reserve consists of two ponds, the larger one of which is a subsidence pond fringed by emergent vegetation such as reedmace...
Long nanny
Long nanny
Spectacular mainland arctic and little tern colony.managed by the National trust.The nanny burn enters the north sea a mile south of Beadnell...
Low Newton
Low Newton
Lying behind the dunes, this freshwater pool is owned and managed by The National Trust and is perfectly placed to receive migrant waders and wildfowl...
Newbiggin-by-the-sea
Newbiggin-by-the-sea
Probably one of the best sea-watching locations on the Northumberland coast and a genuine rarity hotspot...
Plessey Woods
Plessey Woods
Mixed woodland with information centre, cafe and picnic areas.Common woodland birds.The banks of the River Blyth are also an important habitat for wildlife, such as kingfisher, dipper and otters.
Prestwick Carr
Prestwick Carr
A low-lying area of farmland with extensive areas of wet and semi-wet grassland, ditches, woodland and hedges with regular great grey shrike....
Roman Wall loughs
Roman Wall loughs
Broomlee, Grindon,Greenlee and Crag Lough are almost the only examples in Northumberland that have been formed by the action of glaciers scouring holes out from the underlying land surface.Wintering wildfowl and the stunning Hadrians wall makes this a superb birding location...
Simonside hills
Simonside hills
A series of walks with stunning views of northumberland.Breeding golden plover, ring ouzel and raptors add to the special mix of this site.....
Slaley Forest
Slaley Forest
Probably the most reliable location to see and hear nightjar in Northumberland between June and July......
Stag Rocks
Stag Rocks
One of the best places in Northumberland for regular winter sea duck and Purple sandpiper.Click here for further information about this site..
Scotch Gill and Borough woods
Scotch Gill and Borough woods
Scotch Gill and Borough woods are two of the largest remaining areas of natural or semi-natural woodland in Northumberland.....
Thrunton wood
Thrunton wood
Forestry commission coniferous woodland with usual species associated with this type of habitat.However buzzard can usually be seen and the upland crags can offer one or two surprises.....
Wallington
Wallington
Splendid National trust property and grounds. Woodpeckers, dipper and good numbers of red squirrel make this an excellent day out.....
Warkworth & the Coquet Estuary
Warkworth & the Coquet Estuary
A rich and varied habitat including riverside woodland, dunes with good seawatching and Warkworth 'gut' or old harbour with its reedbed, saltmarsh and brackish lagoons.....
Whittle Dene Reservoirs
Whittle Dene Reservoirs
Excellent site for winter wildfowl including 'sawbills' such as Smew, diving ducks and grebes. Easy parking using the car as a convenient hide....
Whitelee Moor National Nature Reserve
Whitelee Moor National Nature Reserve
Whitelee Moor is one of Britain's most important upland nature reserves. It's a site of European conservation importance due to its active blanket bog and heather heaths.Merlin, red grouse...

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