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Fencerhill Wood

This small area of mixed woodland and wetland is situated next to a small tributary of the Ouse Burn, in Whitebridge Park. The woodland contains a mix of tree species including oak, ash, willow and lime.

The non-native sycamore is also present and, while seedlings are discouraged to prevent this tree taking over, the large specimens in the centre will remain. The site is well used by foxes, badgers and deer and a wide range of woodland and wetland birds nest in the reserve. The great spotted woodpecker is a regular visitor to the site searching for insects in dead and decaying wood. Common garden birds such as blackbird, robin, great tit and blue tit nest in the wood with the summer visiting chiff-chaff also present. The wet area contains stands of greater reedmace (more commonly known as bulrush) and there is now a pond-dipping platform. Large areas of Himalayan balsam, a non-native plant, which shades out native species are present and can help cause riverbank erosion. Some control of this plant is undertaken in the summer months. The small woodland reserve was acquired when it was handed over to the Trust as part of the mitigation for a housing development.

Nearby nature reserves

St Nicholas Park
1 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Weetslade Country Park
2 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Big Waters
3 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

In the Whitebridge Park estate, north Gosforth
Newcastle upon Tyne
Map reference
NZ 245 698
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1.40 hectares

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Walking information
There is a path through the reserve
Park at the site entrance on Charleswood
Dogs must be on lead
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Reserve manager
Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Tel: (0191) 284 6884


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