Space for notices concerning current Nature Reserve
A flooded clay pit which was taken over from the Coal Board, now a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Joe’s Pond is a flooded clay pit that was taken over from the Coal Board by local man Joe Wilson – hence the name. The Trust took over management of the reserve from Joe and the pond is now a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Immediately adjacent to DWT’s Rainton Meadows site, the pond is relatively deep and fringed with reed swamp and areas of herb rich fen – ideal habitat for a wide range of invertebrates, from water scorpions to dragonflies.
Woodland and scrub surround the site, which adds to the bird interest seen year round on the pond itself.
A total of 140 species of bird have been recorded on and around Joe’s Pond. There are also small areas of flower rich grassland so there is something to see year round
The site is well served with footpaths and boardwalks providing excellent access for all, including wheelchairs and buggies. The Rainton Meadows visitor centre is a short walk away providing toilet facilities and refreshments.
Images of Joe’s Pond
Reserve Map & Access
Good access with new, raised boardwalk around the pond suitable for all mobilities.
Access and Parking
1 mile south-west of Houghton-le-Spring, west from the A690. From the B1284 between Chilton Moor and Great Lumley, follow Mallard Way to the Rainton Meadows visitor centre car park. The reserve gates are open from 9am-4.30pm (Mon- Sun). Leave car park and follow footpath signs to Joes Pond, 180m to the east.
Sunderland/Durham buses stop at Rainton Bridge Business Park leaving a short walk to the reserve with several waymarked footpaths.
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.
Come to explore, discover and conserve at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve. Monthly activities throughout the year to engage curious young minds and equip future nature scientists with the tools they need to enjoy, investigate and[...]
Rainton Meadows is one of the many locations to host Active Sunderland’s Wellness Walking program that are accredited by the National Walking for Health Program! They are an excellent way to get out in the[...]
Join staff and volunteers for a relaxing and informal stroll of Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve, a chance to meet and mingle with like minded people, learn some more about the work of the Trust and[...]
The Active Sunderland Wellness Walking Programme is FREE, fun, friendly, and a perfect way to help you to get more active and to meet new people. Walkers are advised to: confirm their attendance in advance[...]