Fontburn is a very popular trout fishery with rainbow and blue trout. The main areas of conservation interest are around the reservoir margins. An area of wetland and scrub to the north is now being grazed by Exmoor ponies to maintain the diversity of interest.

Fontburn is an important place for reptiles with common lizard, adder, slow worm and grass snake all recorded here. The reservoir was built in 1905, and the site is now managed in partnership with Northumbrian Water.

Species and habitats

Species
Rainbow Trout, Common Lizard, Adder, Slow-worm, Grass Snake

Nearby nature reserves

Mill Burn
6 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Grasslees Burn Wood
6 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Little Harle Pasture
6 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust

Nature reserve map

Reserve information

Location
9km south of Rothbury off the B6342
Rothbury (9km)
Northumberland
Map reference
NZ 048 939
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Public transport
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Opening Times
24/7/365
Facilities
Toilets
Access
Yes

Please see downloadable Access Information for the reserve below.
Walking information
Footpaths and tracks pass the nature reserve area
Parking
Park in the Northumbrian Water car park on site
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
yes
Reserve manager
Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Tel: (0191) 284 6884
mail@northwt.org.uk

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