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All of our nature reserves are visited regularly by DWT staff and volunteers, we work hard to maintain their safety for visitors. However, please exercise caution in poor weather, especially at some of out more exposed reserves. Please contact us if you experience any problems or if there is anything to report.
One of the few remnants of very rare primary species rich magnesian limestone grasslands in the country.
A once thriving colliery, a beautiful example of how nature reclaims land when people and industry moves on.
A surviving relic of ancient woodland steeped in heritage.
Several blocks of woodland with disused sand quarry habitats including ponds and grasslands
This former magnesian limestone quarry is now a SSSI, recognised nationally for the plant life it supports.
A secondary woodland reserve on an ancient woodland site featuring marshy grassland areas of significant botanical interest.
The cliffs and coastal area feature natural exposures of reef-limestone, set down 250 million years ago.
The main pond was formed as a result of coal mining and is surrounded by grassland and plantation woodland.
Located to the west of Chopwell, these grasslands occupy part of the site of the former Chopwell Colliery.
A large area of re-seeded wildflower meadows, formerly arable farming fields, this site is now protected for its wildlife and landscape value.
Quietly secluded, this mature deciduous woodland is a mix oak, ash, silver birch, hawthorn, holly, rowan and abundant hazel coppice stools.
This upland hay meadow and a grazing pasture are set within the traditional farming landscape of Teesdale, part of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
A steep-sided ravine which cuts through the magnesian limestone of the Durham Coast. The woodland is characteristic of the area and includes lime-loving species such as elm, ash and large numbers of mature native yew.
One of the largest mid-altitude heathlands remaining in County Durham, Hedleyhope Fell is a mosaic of heather, bilberry, acid grassland, rush pasture, bracken beds, patches of gorse and scattered trees.
Hesleden Dene’s name derives from ‘hesle’, a corruption of ‘hazel’ hich can be found in abundance alongside ash and wych elm.
Donated to DWT in 1993, High wood is a memorial to the late Harry Collinson, a Derwentside District Officer who died tragically in 1991.
A flooded clay pit which was taken over from the Coal Board, now a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
One of the few remnants of species rich magnesian limestone grasslands.
One of the few undeveloped river floodplains in the area, Lamesley Pastures contains two designated Local Wildlife Sites.
This reserve hosts the small pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly, County Durham’s rarest butterfly.
One of our region’s most important wildlife sites, this wetland reserve, bordered by the River Wear, also contains mixed woodlands and species rich grasslands.
Although relatively small in size, Malton has a wide variety of habitats, including oak woodland, mature hedgerows, ponds, meadows and scrub.
Formally an ancient semi-natural woodland, the diverse flora and fauna of this ancient oak wood remain in the woods’ steep sided gills.
This varied site consists of oak woodland, marsh, willow carr and species rich wet pasture.
The single, old juniper tree and areas of cross-leaved heath, heather and bilberry and sphagnum mosses on this reserve show the original heath land character of the wider area.
Created by the restoration of the Rye Hill Opencast coal mine in 1996 by UK Coal in partnership with Durham Wildlife Trust and the City of Sunderland.
One of the few remaining examples of primary magnesian limestone grassland left in the country and is of national significance for its flora.
A small, fragile wetland which supports a rare type of fen vegetation.
Shibdon Meadow is the last substantial traditionally managed herb-rich permanent pasture in this part of the Tyne Valley.
Shibdon Pond is one of the few large open water bodies left in the southern part of Tyne and Wear and is one of the best wetlands in the region for wintering wildfowl.
Spen Dene is a very small secondary woodland on a steep slope next to a housing development in High Spen. The site has no access due to steep slopes and health and safety concerns.
One of the few remaining blanket peat bogs found in the lowlands of County Durham.
Town Kelloe Bank has a unique and very distinctive landscape with diverse flora and fauna.
This abandoned quarry provides magnesian limestone flora, complimented by mature hawthorn scrub and developing ash woodland
This woodland reserve occupies the site of the former Tudhoe Mill drift mine.
This site is an important component of the Tyne Valley wildlife corridor, which follows the River Tyne from Wylam to Bill Quay.