© Becky Johnson
Reservoir on the Hadrian's Wall Trail with bird hide. This reserve is popular with sand martins, swallows, swifts, curlew, dunlin and even osprey.
Whittle Dene reservoirs are part of a water supply system interconnected by streams and aqueducts. There is a bird hide overlooking the northern reservoir and this is accessed from part of the Hadrian's Wall Trail which passes along the southern edge. There is a tern nesting platform which is visible form the hide. In late spring the first sand martins gather, followed by large numbers of swallows and swifts which feed over the surface of the water. The autumn attracts regular visitors such as curlew, common sandpiper, dunlin, greenshank, osprey and big numbers of wildfowl. The site is managed in partnership with Northumbrian Water.