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Weetslade Country Park

A former colliery site, this reserve has been extensively landscaped to create a wildlife haven on the edge of the city with a hill, grassland, scrub, reedbed and woodland areas.

The highest point is 95m above sea level and views are possible of the North Sea, the Cheviots and Newcastle city. Prominent on the hill top is the drillhead sculpture, a reminder of its mining past. At the foot of the slopes to the west are three developing reed beds, home to many common damselflies and dragonflies. The park lies to the north of Gosforth Park and lies on a strategic wildlife corridor. The Seaton Burn runs close by and it is hoped that the habitat improvement on site may result in species such as otter and great crested newts arriving. Many birds are present such as grey partridge, meadow pipit and skylark. At the end of August, flocks of goldfinches can be seen pulling the seeds out of the large stands of teasel. The site is managed by NWT on behalf of the Land Trust.

Species and habitats

Grassland, Wetland, Woodland
Meadow Pipit, Grey Partridge, Skylark, Goldfinch

Nearby nature reserves

Big Waters
2 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Fencerhill Wood
2 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
3 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Between Wide Open and Dudley, at the junction B1319 /A189
Wide Open
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE23 7LZ
Map reference
NZ 260 723
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43.00 hectares

Please see downloadable Access Information for the reserve below.
Walking information
Cycle route and many paths are accessible for wheelchair users
Park at the eastern end of the site near High Weetslade Farm on the B1319 near its junction with the A189
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Highland Cattle over winter
Reserve manager
Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Tel: (0191) 284 6884


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