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East Chevington

This reserve is still developing having been passed to Northumberland Wildlife Trust following opencast restoration in 2003. The site contains 2 large lakes with fringing reedbeds, grassland and recently planted woodland.

The Trust also owns farmland to the west of the ponds but this is only accessible along marked routes. The site is seen as one of the best birdwatching sites in the county with large numbers of water birds using the ponds and their margins including greylag and pink-footed geese. Skylark, stonechat and grasshopper warbler breed on the site and can often be seen around the grassland areas. Reed bunting and reed warbler use the developing reedbed areas. Marsh harriers bred here in 2009, the first recording in Northumberland for 130 years. Passage birds have included osprey and other birds of prey. The grasslands contain plants such as dyer's greenweed.

Please note there is one locked hide at the entrance to the site which is not accessible to the public as it is for education sessions. There are number of other hides available for public access

Nearby nature reserves

Druridge Pools
2 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre
2 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Cresswell Pond
3 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Near Red Row, Druridge Bay
Red Row
Map reference
NZ 270 990
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184.00 hectares

Please see downloadable Access Information for the reserve below.
Walking information
There is a network of designated routes on site and there are several hides dotted around the lakes.
Parking is available on site by following the small unclassified road from opposite the Red Row turning. Further parking is available at the Country Park (charge applies). Please do not block gates into fields.
Dogs allowed
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Reserve manager
Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Tel: (0191) 284 6884


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