Cresswell Pond Nature Reserve

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Cresswell pond
Cresswell ponds

Cresswell ponds

Formed since 1958 as a result of mining subsidence,Cresswell ponds are comprised of one large brackishwater-lagoon (the only permanent brackishwater-lagoon on the Northumberland Coast) and two smaller fresh water areas.The main pond is connected to the sea by a short outfall stream which allows an in-flow of sea water leading to variations in both water levels and salinity in the lagoon during some high tides.The reserve, which is owned by Alcan Farms is a SSSI and is managed by the Northumberland Wildlife Trust. It is one of several reserves which lie behind the sand dunes of Druridge Bay and by combining this site with nearby East Chevington, Druridge Bay pools & Country Park,Hauxley, the river Coquet and Coquet Island it is possible to plan a superb and varied birdwatching outing.Druridge Bay remains a beautiful and natural landscape and is now the site of a Harvest Mouse Release Programme run in conjunction with Northumberland Wildlife Trust and Newcastle University.
Opening Times Open all year, daily, at all times.
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Snow Bunting are regular visitors in winter As with all coastal lagoons Cresswell is interesting at all times of the year but especially at times of migration.
Spring: passage waders such as Whimbrel, Little Ringed Plover, Ruff, Black-Tailed Godwit, Yellow Wagtail, Terns and rarities.
Autumn: Little Stint, Greenshank (avove), Curlew Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, rarities such as White-rumped,Pectoral and Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Black-headed Wagtail have all been recorded.
Winter: large numbers of wintering wildfowl,Snow bunting (LEFT),Shore Lark and Lapland Bunting to the dunes, Divers and Grebes on the sea.
We strongly recommend the book below, which profiles this and other sites along Druridge Bay in much greater detail.
Where to watch Birds in North East England
The essential guide to finding birds in North-east England.
The 2nd edition of this popular guide to the best birding sites in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham and Cleveland.
Fully revised and updated, with several important new sites added.
Practical information on habitat, access to reserves, the best times to visit and which species occur in each season.
Maps and line drawings.416 pages.

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Where to watch Birds in North East England
Recent bird photographs from Cresswell Ponds
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Coquet Island Links
Cresswell Local Accommodation and services
Suggested Birdwatching walks around Cresswell

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