St Nicholas Park - Richard Clark

St Nicholas Park. Image by: Richard Clark.

A small wildlife haven hidden in a suburban area featuring a mosaic of different habitats including areas of maturing woodland, two small ponds, grassland and a wildlife friendly garden.

Location

In the grounds of St Nicholas Hospital
Gosforth
Tyne and Wear
NE3 3XT

OS Map Reference

NZ 235 683
A static map of St Nicholas Park

Know before you go

Size
2 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Park in the hospital car park (charge applies). The site is near bus routes and Regent Centre Metro.

Walking trails

There are various paths through the site.

Access

The main paths are mainly flat and accessible although they can get muddy in places especially around the pond areas after rain.

Dogs

On a lead

Facilities

Picnic area
Outdoor play area

When to visit

Opening times

24/7/365

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

Home to Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s headquarters, the reserve is surrounded by housing estates, and as a result acts as a refuge for many species of animal; with the variety of habitats there is a good number of species to be found in the grounds. There is a play area and a feature stone circle with examples of many of the rocks found around Northumberland.

The ponds harbour a variety of plant and animal species, in particular attracting large numbers of frogs in early spring and during the summer months, dragonfly and damselfly. The meadow area attracts a diverse range of butterfly including holly blue, small skipper, comma and orange tip. There is woodland surrounding the site which was planted up fifteen years containing a wide number of both native and non-native tree species. This provides an excellent habitat for birds all year round, with bullfinch, woodpecker and jay regularly spotted as well a more common garden species. The berry producing shrubs and trees have also attracted waxwings to the site on several occasions. There is a good mixture of plants around the site including meadow sweet and ragged robin. The grassland contains species such as yellow rattle, cowslip and tufted vetch, given time this habitat will become more diverse.

Contact us

Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Contact number: (0191) 284 6884
Contact email: mail@northwt.org.uk