Rookhope Burn and moorlands

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Rookhope Burn and Frazers Hope Mine
Frazers Hope ex-mine workings hold breeding Ring Ouzel

Frazers Hope ex-mine workings hold breeding Ring Ouzel

Lying on the Durham Northumberland border,the Rookhope burn area remains one of our favourite birding sites in Britain.Lying west of the small village of Rookhope.The road (B6295) between the village and Allenheads in spring and summer is delightful.(there is a sound recording from this site - see birding-radio).Black Grouse , Red Grouse, Grey Partridge, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Snipe, Lapwing, Golden Plover, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Dipper, Mistle Thrush, Ring Ouzel (Check abandoned mine buildings), Raven, Buzzard,Grey Wagtail, Pied wagtail, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Wheatear, Fieldfare are often still present late March.Best time - April / May very early morning.
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Ring ouzel by Darren Rees.From ' Bird Impressions' .
Free sound recording of Red Grouse Lagopus lagopus Mp3Free sound recording of Red Grouse Lagopus lagopus Mp3

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Bird Impressions

Bird Impressions

Darren Rees has a passion for painting and a passion for birds. Bird Impressions is his first solo book and is a collection of over ninety superb watercolours.These are based on his observations in the field and are accompanied by lively sketches and vivid captions that evoke beautifully these encounters with birds in Wales.The paintings are taken from Anglesey, Skomer, Bardsey and Mid-Wales, and portray a wonderful variety of birds with winter ducks, summer seabirds and migrant rarities.
The young artist's work has attracted much critical acclaim and many awards, and his style is a refreshing departure from the more conventional norms of wildlife art.Using the medium of watercolours with a bold yet traditional technique he captures so effectively the light, the form and the essence of birds.His impressions are blocks of colour and strokes of paint arranged to convey life.Darren Rees is now recognised as one of the country's leading bird artists and Bird Impressions brings his paintings to the wider audience that they so richly deserve.The book is surely a treasure for both lovers of birds and lovers of art.Swan Hill Press 1993.

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Moor House - Upper Teesdale

Moor House - Upper Teesdale

The reserve encompasses an almost complete range of upland habitats typical of the North Pennines, from lower lying hay meadows, rough grazing and juniper wood to limestone grassland, blanket bogs and summit heaths of the high fells. Nowhere else in Britain is there such a diversity of rare habitats in one location.Click here for more information and a PDF reserve guide

Where to watch Birds in North East England

Where to watch Birds in North East England
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