Back to reserve map

Holywell Pond

A pond surrounded by grassland, used by over-wintering migrant birds which are attracted by the pond's proximity to the coast. Breeding species include little grebe, pochard, greylag goose and sedge warbler. In winter, widgeon, godeneye and tufted duck are joined by greenshank, green sandpiper, amongst other rarities.

The site consists of a large subsidence pond surrounded by grassland and some mature and semi-mature areas of woodland and scrub. The pond margins to the west and north are well vegetated with reed mace dominating and the surrounding grassland supports populations of common spotted and northern marsh orchids. There are two hides on site, including a public hide which is open at all times.

Nearby nature reserves

East Cramlington Pond
2 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Newsham Pond
3 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Weetslade Country Park
4 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust

Nature reserve map

Reserve information

Location
North of Holywell Village
Holywell
Northumberland
NE25 0LB
Map reference
NZ 319 752
Get directions
Find out here
Public transport
Plan your journey
Opening Times
24/7/365
Size
14.30 hectares
Access
Yes

Please see downloadable Access Information for the reserve below.
Walking information
Paths lead to the members' hide and along the southern boundary to the public hide.
Parking
Park in the nearby housing estate without obstructing residents' access
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
no
Reserve manager
Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Tel: (0191) 284 6884
mail@northwt.org.uk

Downloads

Factsheets and guides for your visit