Waldridge Fell

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Waldridge Fell

Waldridge Fell

Waldridge Fell is of importance as the only major area of lowland heath in County Durham. It includes range of heathland, grassland, wetland and woodland habitats, several of which are rare or absent in the rest of the County.
The most extensive of these is heathland dominated by heather / ling (Calluna vulgaris), which on deeper soils forms almost pure stands, beneath which bryophytes and lichens (Cladonia spp.) occur. On shallower soils crowberry (Empetrum nigrum) and bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) are included in the heathland community, the latter being dominant in places.
Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum) occurs throughout the site, and gorse (Ulex europaeus) occurs locally. Species-poor grassland dominated by mat grass (Nardus stricta) is found on lightly flushed soils, but is replaced locally by wavy hair grass (Deschampsia flexuosa).
There is an extensive network of paths that allow you to fully explore the site (two of the paths are designated 'easy access' routes - suitable for visitors with a physical disability).
Nightjar formerly bred at this site and it may still be posibble to locate the odd churring male in summer along with other summer visitors like Cuckoo pictured, Willow Warbler, Chiff-chaff, Whitethroat and possibly Lesser-Whitethroat.Resident birds include Woodcock, Green Woodpecker and Stonechat.
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