Marsden Old Quarry

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Marsden Old Quarry is well used by dog walkers and runners, but despite this, there are oftern rare birds sheltering here in autumn
Marsden Old Quarry

Marsden Old Quarry

Marsden Old Quarry LNR is a disused magensian limestone quarry with extensive semi-natural grassland and scrub. Other natural features include cliff faces and small areas of high quality magnesian limestone grassland with nationally rare blue moor-grass.
A well known local birding site -especially during autumn migration, given that it lies very close to the sea.Siberian stonechat, red-backed shrike and wryneck have featured over the years as well as many other rare and common migrants.Despite suffering from almost continuous disturbance from the public and birders -the reserve still holds on to its resident little owls (above right).
Can be taken in as part of a general birdwatching day which might include The Cleadon Hills, Whitburn coastal park, Whitburn cemetery and allotments to the rear, or the park area to the east of church lane (regular leaf warblers and red-brested flycatcher in autumn). Other sites are Mere Knolls cemetery Seaburn Dene (Wryneck and Great-grey Shrike among birds seen here). Click here for a location map...

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