Rainton Meadows

Durham Wildlife Trust, Chilton Moor, Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne & Wear, DH4 6PU

Rainton Meadows is an excellent network of accessible pathways linking viewing areas that look across the lakes and wetlands, with areas of grassland and woodland completing the habitats on site.

Although a relatively new site Rainton Meadows has developed into a significant area for wildlife over the last 20 years. The wetlands and grasslands support a wide range of birds and over 200 species have been recorded. Waders such as redshank, oystercatcher, lapwing are regularly seen and also more unusual species such as little ringed plover. All five species of UK owl can be seen at different times of the year and there are good numbers of warblers, finches, tits and farmland birds.

Stoat, weasel, brown hare and roe deer are regularly seen and the wetlands attract numerous dragonflies and damselflies. Butterfly numbers are also high, particularly grassland species.

Native breed cattle are used to naturally manage the grasslands during the winter months (all grazing is within fenced compartments) adding to the interest on site.

The reserve has mixed terrain with a number of level surfaced pathways with a moderate slope up to the highest point offering fabulous views across the site and beyond. There are also three nature trails (heron, shrew and dragonfly) and walking routes with interactive rubbing posts for children available from the summer of 2014.

Dogs are welcome, but on leads at all times.

Everyday – (10:00 – 16:30)

FREE but donations are greatly appreciated by becoming a member. To find out more click here

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