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Arnold Memorial

The reserve lies on an outcrop of the Whin Sill; it is an old quarry with scrub and woodland. The woodland and scrub includes ash, elm, Scots pine, elder and gorse with willow fringing the stream.

The reserve, an old quarry, is within Craster Heugh, an outcrop of the Whin Sill that provides an important habitat for both migrant and breeding birds. The Sill tracks north from here to provide the vantage point for Dunstanburgh Castle a mile up the coast. The economic importance of the Whin Sill is apparent from the large quarry housing the car park behind the reserve as well as the smaller quarry within the site itself. The maturing woodland, together with its coastal location makes the reserve a vital resting point for many winter migrants; a first call on the journey across the North Sea. Breeding bird species include sedge and willow warblers, chiffchaff and blackcap. Amongst the migrants, a number of rarities have been recorded including wryneck, icterine, reed and barred warblers, redbreasted flycatcher and bluethroat. The reserve is a moulting site for lesser redpolls. The woodland and scrub includes sycamore, ash, elm, Scots pine, elder and gorse with willow fringing the stream. Below the crags grow foxgloves, wood sage and lesser periwinkle, amongst other species. At the streamside are meadowsweet and water avens. There are patches of bracken and rosebay willowherb marking the sites of former gardens.

 

 

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Reserve information

Location
South west of Craster village
Craster
Northumberland
Map reference
NU 255 197
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Opening Times
24/7/365
Size
1.20 hectares
Access
Yes

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Walking information
The route through the reserve is well surfaced and level
Parking
Car parking in the public car park beside the reserve (charge applies)
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
no
Reserve manager
Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Tel: (0191) 284 6884
mail@northwt.org.uk

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