Lamesley Pastures Nature Reserve
Size: 18.7 hectares
OS Map: 308
Nearest Postcode: NE21 4NN
Nearest Town: Gateshead
Grid Reference: NZ 251 576
Space here for notices about current Nature Reserve
One of the few undeveloped river floodplains in the area, Lamesley Pastures contains two designated Local Wildlife Sites.
The land is being managed as winter water meadows with a system of ponds and ditches that control water levels to provide optimum conditions for wading birds such as lapwing, curlew, redshank and snipe.
New grasslands have been created to the east with a series of ponds and reedbeds. These provide habitats for farmland animals and birds, numbers of which are in serious decline, like skylarks, grey partridge and brown hare.
New hedges also provide homes for a wide variety of plants and animals including tree sparrows.
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.
Reserve Map & Access
Mixed terrain. The eastern part of the reserve has wheelchair access and a surfaced path to the bird hide. Hide keys are available for a small fee, please contact DWT if you would like to purchase one. The western part of the reserve has mixed access with surfaced paths some of the way around the site and unsurfaced paths for the remainder. Access is possible with pushchairs but not for wheelchairs as there are some slopes.
Access and Parking
When using the bird hide, situated across the road from the Ravensworth Arms, please park in the pub car park and not on the road verges. Please take care when crossing the road.
Buses are available from Newgate Street, Newcastle in the direction of Chester-Le-Street. Alight at Lamesley Haggs Lane. From there it’s a short walk to Lamesley Pastures.
Welcome, but on leads at all times
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