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Grasslees Burn Wood

This fine area of ancient semi-natural woodland contains stands of alder and birch in the wetter areas with oak, rowan and ash where the ground is drier. At the northern end of the site are butterwort, lousewort and marsh violet.

Nearer the burn there are fens dominated by yellow flag and meadowsweet. Parts of the site are bracken-dominated but contain a good spring flora. Birds include pied flycatcher, redstart, wood warbler, cuckoo and woodcock. Roe deer are now excluded to encourage regeneration of parts of the woodland, which seems to be very successful particularly for birch. The reserve is managed in association with the Defence Estates of Northumberland National Park Authority.



Nearby nature reserves

Holystone Burn
3 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Mill Burn
3 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Holystone North Wood
3 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

5km north of Elsdon near the B6341
Map reference
NY 953 975
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5.60 hectares
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Walking information
Follow the Darden Lough walk until it crosses the burn then bear right on the marked route
Use the parking area for the Darden Lough walk, about 0.5 miles north of Grasslees Farm
Dogs must be on lead
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Reserve manager
Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Tel: (0191) 284 6884


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