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Beltingham River Gravels

The Beltingham reserve contains a small area of grassland which has been influenced by heavy metal pollution in the past. This grassland contains metallophyte (metal loving) species, uncommon elsewhere in the region, such as alpine penny-cress, spring sandwort and mountain pansy.

The rest of the reserve contains a mix of woodland and scrub where spikes of dune helleborine are found. In recent times, Himalayan balsam has started to dominate areas along the banks of the Tyne. This is being removed to encourage native vegetation and to prevent bank erosion. Dame's violet has also become a problem and threatens the area favoured by the helleborines.




Species and habitats

Grassland, Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Briarwood Banks
1 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
East Crindledykes Quarry
2 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Tony's Patch
3 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

2km south of Bardon Mill on the road from Beltingham to Willimontswick
Bardon Mill
Map reference
NY 785 640
Best time to visit
Apr - Aug
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Opening Times
4.00 hectares

Please see downloadable Access Information for the reserve below.
Walking information
Please keep to the footpaths in the woods, particularly in summer, to avoid trampling the plants
Roadside parking (limited) or park 0.5km further along the road by the footbridge from Bardon Mill and walk back.
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Tel: (0191) 284 6884


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