The Birder's Guide to Coquetdale (Northumberland)

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Introduction
Introduction
The River Coquet, (designated an SSSI) the most famous of all Northumberland's trouting rivers and many say the most beautiful, bisects the county from west to east for a distance of some 57 miles...
Upper Coquetdale
Upper Coquetdale
The area of hill country known as Upper Coquetdale, lies on the north-western edge of Northumberland and forms the border at the Cheviot hills with Scotland....
Harbottle, the Crags and Drake stone
Harbottle, the Crags and Drake stone
Half a mile (0.8km) west of the village of Harbottle, on the road to Alwinton, is a forestry commision car park.The habitat here is varied and so,accordingly are the birds.
Holystone
Holystone
The adjoining moorlands have the usual upland birds found in this and other parts of Upper Coquetdale.Red Grouse are numerous together with Curlew and Whinchat.Patient scanning of moors may well reveal Merlin and perhaps Peregrine.
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.....
The Simonside hills
The Simonside hills
Simonside's birds are similar to those of the upper Coquet and, as with most upland and conifer habitats, require patience.However these hills are still one of the best places for Ring ouzel....
Cragside country park
Cragside country park
One of the most stunning National Trust property's with a superb country park. Little Grebe, Heron, Mallard, Sparrowhawk, kestrel, Pheasant, Moorhen, Coot, Woodcock, Tawny Owl.....
Warkworth and the Coquet Estuary
Warkworth and the Coquet Estuary
Stunningly beautiful coastal village with some great birding spots.River has goldeneye, goosander and grebes in winter, and the 'gut' area waders, terns and migrants...
Coquet Island RSPB reserve
Coquet Island RSPB reserve
Lying approximately 1 mile (0.8km) from the mouth of the River Coquet at Amble, lies Coquet Island RSPB reserve home to the largest number of Britain's rarest seabird .. the roseate tern..
Hauxley nature reserve
Hauxley nature reserve
The Northumberland wildlife Trust reserve of Hauxley is essentially two fresh-water lagoons with islands, reedbeds, 5 hides and an information centre.Brreding wildfowl, waders, migrants and it's fair share of rarities..

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