Barlow Burn Nature Reserve


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  • Terrain: Moderate
  • Size: 19.8 hectares
  • OS Map: 316
  • Nearest Postcode: NE21 6JN
  • Nearest Town: Blaydon
  • Grid Reference: NZ 162 622
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Several blocks of woodland with disused sand quarry habitats including ponds and grasslands

The site has several blocks of woodland with disused sand quarry habitats including ponds and grasslands. Bog Wood has rich and diverse ground flora unique in Gateshead including globeflower, bogbean, yellow flag, narrow buckler fern and meadowsweet.

Streamside vegetation has tall-herb communities with celery-leaved water crowfoot, hairy willowherb, sweet cicely and figwort. Large bittercress, marsh marigold and marsh hawk’s-beard is found in wooded areas.

The grasslands have considerable botanical interest with sheep’s-bit, kidney vetch and bird’s-foot growing on bare ground with restharrow, bird’s-foot-trefoil and harebell in more closed communities. There are good numbers of butterflies including dingy skipper, wall brown and common blue.

The old quarry settling ponds are heavily vegetated with reedmace as the dominant marginal and water horsetail with occasional water plantain and hairy willowherb. Broad-leaved and Canadian pondweed is abundant with smaller amounts of water-starwort. Breeding birds abound include water rail, reed bunting, sedge warbler, grasshopper warbler and little grebe as well as large populations of frogs and toads.

DWT took over the management of this site from Gateshead Council in June 2014 and will be continuing the work to develop the area for wildlife.

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Reserve Map & Access

Terrain
There is a surfaced footpath running through the centre of the reserve. Other areas of the site are less accessible.

Access and Parking
The reserve is linked with accessible paths from Blaydon Burn via a cycle route. Some parking is available at Sandy Bank which offers a pleasant walk through the reserve.

Public Transport
Not readily accessible by public transport. There is a regular bus service to Greenside but the site is still some way from the village. Private transport is recommended.

Dogs
Welcome, but on leads at all times.

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