Boldon Flats

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Boldon Flats is an excellent site for wildfowl, waders and birds of prey in winter
Owned by the Church Commissioners for England, Boldon Flats are managed as a nature reserve by South Tyneside council in winter, when the flats are at their most interesting.Large numbers of wildfowl can be present between October and March and there is always the chance of a white winged gull. During times of Migration Osprey, Crane, Spoonbill,Little Egret have all put in an appearance along with passerines such as Red-backed Shrike. (it is worth checking the other lanes leading to the railway line and allotments).
Although the area is perhaps not as productive as it was in the 1970's , In summer this remains one of the best areas (still) for breeding Yellow Wagtail, Reed bunting, snipe and the rare Water rail. An early morning spring walk can be very rewarding around the lanes (try Blue house farm track) and footpaths between here and the coast (Cleadon hills for example).however the flats can be viewed using the car as a convenient hide by parking at the roadside.Information board here.
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