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Priestclose Wood

Priestclose Wood is an ancient woodland close to the centre of Prudhoe and contains varied deciduous woodland. A variety of birds are found in the reserve and the small pond is home to an assortment of amphibians.

The site consists of mainly oak, birch and rowan but ash, holly, willow and elder also occur. Management is ongoing to control non-native and invasive tree species such as sycamore, Norway maple and beech. There are patches of wood anemone and lesser celandine in early spring, followed by greater and wood stitchwort, wood sorrel and bluebells. Later, foxgloves provide colour on the woodland floor. A variety of birds are found in the reserve including jay, treecreeper, great-spotted woodpecker and redpoll. Foxes and deer also frequent the wood. The small pond is home to a variety of amphibians including all three species of British newts.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Woodland
Species
Treecreeper, Jay, Elder, Wood Anemone, Lesser Celandine

Nearby nature reserves

Close House Riverside
2 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Chopwell Meadows
3 miles - Durham Wildlife Trust
Westfield Pasture
3 miles - Durham Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Eastern edge of Prudhoe
Prudhoe
Northumberland
Map reference
NZ 107 627
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Opening Times
24/7/365
Size
15.00 hectares
Access
Yes

Please see downloadable Access Information for the reserve below.
Walking information
There is a network of paths around the site includuing graded access to the pond.
Parking
Limited car parking spaces are available at the northern entrance to the reserve to the rear of Priestclose Cottages, just off the main Prudhoe to Ryton road.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
no
Reserve manager
Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Tel: (0191) 284 6884
mail@northwt.org.uk

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