Low Barns Nature Reserve
Low Barns is another wetland site developed from ex gravel pits. The 50 hectare site contains wetlands, grassland and woodland, and the River Wear flows through. Low Barns is home to a good variety of wildlife, expecially birds, dragonflies and butterflies.
Wildlife highlights: Kingfisher and Grey herons are often seen, and summer migrants include Redstart, Pied Flycatcher and several warbler species. In winter large numbers of wildfowl can be seen, including Tufted Duck, Mallard and Mute Swan.
Dingy Skipper and Small Copper butterflies are amongst the species seen here.
Location: The reserve is west of Bishop Auckland close to the A68. From the A68 follow the brown signposts (Low Barns Nature Reserve) through Witton-le-Wear, turning right at the Victoria public house. Once over the level crossing, the centre is 1⁄2 mile along the road. From the A689, the reserve is 3⁄4 mile west of High Grange.
Access & facilities: While access to the reserve can be made at any time, the centre is open 10.00am - 4.00pm, 7
days a week in summer and at weekends in winter.The site is accessible for wheelchair users. The visitor centre has a cafe, shop and toilet facilities.
The reserve is managed by Durham Wildife Trust.
Grid Reference: NZ 160315
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