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Linton Lane

A former opencast coal mining site which has been restored and now consists of two pools, areas of maturing woodland and grassland areas

The larger of the two pools is a subsidence pond fringed by emergent vegetation such as reedmace, with surrounding woodland and grassland. The second, eastern, pond was created as part of the site restoration and is also surrounded by pond edge vegetation and grassland. There are two wildlife watching hides, one at each of the two pools. The grassland to the east of the larger pond is grazed; the wet grassland to the west is currently ungrazed. The area surrounding the smaller pond is being allowed to develop into marshland, grading into alder/willow carr, species-rich grassland, woodland and scrub. The ponds attract a variety of bird species including whooper swan and other waterfowl. 


The northern portion of the site is a large area of maturing woodland containing alder and birch along with oak and ash. This is punctuated with wet patches providing valuable woodland edge habitat and glades.  These wet areas contain species such as northern marsh orchid and hare’s-tail cottongrass. Several species of bat have been recorded on the site. The areas of mature woodland and hedgerow attract birds such as yellow hammer and tree sparrow.

Species and habitats

Whooper Swan, Skylark

Nearby nature reserves

Cresswell Pond
3 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Cresswell Foreshore
3 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Druridge Pools
4 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Linton Village, near Ashington
Map reference
NZ 253 909
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47.00 hectares

Please see downloadable Access Information for the reserve below.
Walking information
Routes to the hides are level and the east hide is accessible to wheelchair users. There is a network of paths and permissive bridleway routes across the reserve.
Park on the right before the railway crossing.
Dogs must be on lead
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Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Tel: (0191) 284 6884


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