Tunstall reservoir

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Tunstall Reservoir
Birds and wildlife

Birds and wildlife

Tunstall Reservoir supports a small number of breeding great crested grebe, tufted duck, goosander, moorhen, coot, mallard and common sandpiper. Oystercatcher, redshank and lapwing sometimes roost on the dam. The Reservoir provides a regular winter roost venue for black-headed gulls and a maximum of 850 birds has been recorded. Ospreys have been recorded on a number of occasions and cormorants are regularly present in the winter.
The muddy margins of the Reservoir provide a habitat for the rare thread rush, which is typically found on the margins of lakes that have a fluctuating water level. Other marginal vegetation includes amphibious bistort and water horsetail.
Common butterflies that occur in the grasslands around Tunstall include small skipper, large skipper, large white, small white, green-veined white, small copper, red admiral, small tortoiseshell, peacock, comma, meadow brown and small heath.

The Oak woodland has most common woodland birds including Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Woodcock and Tawny Owl. In Summer, they are joined by Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff.
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Where to watch Birds in North East England

Where to watch Birds in North East England
Osprey is seen at Tunstall in Spring
Osprey is a regular spring passage migrant Osprey is a regular spring passage migrant
At first glance an osprey shares similar flight characteristics with the larger grey heron, as clearly demonstrated by this photograph by R Freeman.Ospreys have been recorded as regular spring passage migrants at Tunstall reservoir usually in April.Other regular sites in the north-east of england are Bakethin raptor viewpoint at Keilder forest and Caistron on the coquet valley near Rothbury.No doubt the stocking of rainbow trout has helped attract these beautiful birds of prey as they head north to their scottish breeding sites.Check out Alan F Poole's excellent monograph 'Ospreys A Natural and Unnatural history by clicking here...
Bird photographs from Tunstall reservoir
Bird video from Tunstall reservoir
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Birdwatching walks at Tunstall reservoir

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