Space for notices concerning current Nature Reserve
A large area of re-seeded wildflower meadows, formerly arable farming fields, this site is now protected for its wildlife and landscape value.
In spring, it has spectacular display of cowslips and in summer, flowers like ox-eye daisy, yellow rattle and common knapweed flourish and the meadows are alive with insects and butterflies.
Skylarks and kestrels frequent and the newly planted hedgerows provide nesting sites for yellowhammer, linnet and dunnocks (hedge sparrows).
DWT took over the management of this reserve from Gateshead Council in June 2014 and will continue the work to develop the area for wildlife.
Images of Cross Lane Meadows Nature Reserve
Reserve Map & Access
Mixed terrain, not suitable for those with mobility problems. Small woodland area has unsurfaced paths. Meadows are waterlogged in parts so suitable footwear is required.
Access and Parking
Access off Market Lane Swalwell, some parking is available in the lay-by in front of reserve. Entrance via gate to main meadow area.
There is a regular bus service to the Metrocentre and Swalwell.
Welcome, but on leads at all times.
Support our work
Durham Wildlife Trust Relies on the support of its members and volunteers to help manage and maintain its nature reserves for you, for wildlife and for future generations.
Every £1 raised through membership generates £5.32 for nature conservation from Tees to Tyne. Please join today if you are not already a member.
Join our Rainton Meadows Assistant Mandy and discover the past, the present and the future project of this wonderful nature reserve. £3, please book your place online at www.durhamwt.com/and pay on the day.