|Bishop Middleham Quarry|
This reserve is considered to be one of the countrys most important disused quarry habitats for wildlife and has been designated as a SSSI since 1968.It gained notoriety in 2002 when a pair of European Bee-eater nested here raising two young...
|Bollihope Burn area|
An outstanding area of fast flowing streams, disused quarry workings and moorland lying between Stanhope and Barnard Castle.....
|Castle Eden Dene|
Castle Eden Dene National Nature Reserve (NNR) is heavily wooded with ash, elm, oak and sycamore, with stands of yew and alder.......
|Grassholme reservoir area|
An area of reservoirs, fast flowing streams, moorland and forestry provide excellent habitat for County Durham's rich variety of upland birds....
|Low Barns |
Low Barns Nature Reserve is near Witton-le-Wear village and borders on the River Wear.It covers 50 hectares and is a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) providing a wide range of habitats including gassland,scrub, woodland and a large lake with islands.
Tunstall Reservoir supports a small number of breeding great crested grebe, tufted duck, goosander, moorhen, coot, mallard and common sandpiper. Oystercatcher, redshank and lapwing sometimes roost on the dam.....
|Rookhope Burn and moorlands|
The moorlands of Durham are alive in spring with breeding waders, grouse and rare birds of prey.Browse this section for some of the best areas.
Wonderful and remote, the moorlands to the north of Stanhope are alive in springtime with breeding waders and grouse and are one of the best places to catch a glimpse of Britain's smallest bird of prey , the merlin. (pic courtesy of Svenni).
Waldridge Fell is of importance as the only major area of lowland heath in County Durham.