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West Fleetham

A collection of five small sites in and around the small village of West Fleetham, near Seahouses. Two sites are not publicly accessible but the other three cover a range of habitats within this small area.

Long Nanny Wood is a small (1.6ha) woodland. The Long Nanny Burn runs through the centre of the site. The woodland is dominated by ash, elm and sycamore. The wet areas along the stream contain a more diverse range of species than the rest of the woodland. The burn is used by otters and the wood is used by many birds and contains a rookery. Access to the reserve is by a gate at the roadside and a permissive path leads to an old millrace on the other side of the burn. Farm Pond is a small pond in a disused limestone quarry, surrounded by scrub and rough grassland. The quarry has also been used in the past as a dump, while most of this has been removed some still remains. The pond takes up approximately half the site, which is about 0.5ha. The pond has no outgoing surface drainage; land drainage and rainfall maintain the pond level. The site is reasonably diverse, with a mixture of trees, shrubs and waterside vegetation. The site is of value as an area of open water, particularly for toads; in autumn thousands of tiny toads make their way from the pond. There is disabled access, in the form of well-maintained paths and a bird hide designed to accommodate wheelchair users. Coot and moorhen breed here while heron and kingfisher are regular visitors. Quarry Meadow is a rough pasture containing a limestone quarry. The quarry is covered in dense scrub, hawthorn, elder and ash. The pasture has been dominated by thistles but grazing is reducing this dominance. There is a hide at the edge of the pasture for viewing the badger sett in the quarry. This site is under Countryside Stewardship, the main aims being to maintain access to the hide and diversify the pasture.

Species and habitats

Meadow, Wetland, Woodland
Coot, Moorhen, Kingfisher, Ash, Elder, Hawthorn, Common Toad

Nearby nature reserves

Annstead Dunes
3 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Arnold Memorial
7 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Evelyn Howick Memorial, Littlemill
7 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

West Fleetham near Seahouses
West Fleetham, near Seahouses
NE67 5JR
Map reference
NU 193 282
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Walking information
There are wheelchair accessible hides at Farm Pond and Quarry Meadow. Gated access from the roadside is available into Farm Pond and Quarry Meadow. A stile is provided for access to Long Nanny Wood.
Cars can be parked on the road verge outside Long Nanny Wood and Farm Pond (usually space for 2 vehicles). Quarry Meadow is best accessed from this point, around 100m along a minor road.
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Tel: (0191) 284 6884


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