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Druridge Pools lies within two miles of Cresswell Village. The site is a former opencast coal mine sold to the Trust by British Coal in 1987, and has become an important addition to Northumberland Wildlife Trust.
The site consists of a deep lake to the north and two wet fields to the south. The lake supports large flocks of wintering wildfowl, mostly wigeon and teal but including goldeneye; wading birds feed along the shores. The two adjacent wet fields are very good feeding sites, especially for snipe, redshank and teal, along with occasional rarities such as pectoral sandpiper and black-winged stilt. These fields need to be grazed in the autumn and winter to maintain the value of the habitat.
There is a public footpath through the centre of the site leading to two bird hides and then beyond to Chibburn Preceptory, and there is also a screen overlooking the wet meadows.