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Whittle Dene

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.

Species and habitats

Sand Martin, Swallow, Swift, Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, Greenshank, Osprey

Nearby nature reserves

Priestclose Wood
4 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Close House Riverside
4 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Westfield Pasture
5 miles - Durham Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Whittle Dene
North of Horsley
Map reference
NZ 068 683
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Please see downloadable Access Information for the reserve below.
Walking information
Access along part of the Hadrian's wall path up to the hide.
Parking is available off the B6309 200m south of the crossroads with the Military Road
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Tel: (0191) 284 6884


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