Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve
Rainton Meadows wetlands were created on the site of an old open cast coal mine. Restoration work created an interlinked series of ponds and scrapes, grasslands and a large woodland all linked by an extensive footpath network.
The site is managed by the Durham Wildlife Trust
Wildife Highlights: Water voles, hares and rose deer all live here. The lakes and ponds attract a lot of birds, such as: Redshank, great crested grebe, oystercatcher, lapwing and skylark, teal, pochard and tufted duck are amongst 200 species that have been recorded here.
Butterflies: Small heath, large skipper and wall brown.
Location: Situated is about halfway between Durham and Sunderland just off the A690. Follow the brown signs for Rainton Meadows just south of Houghton-le-Spring or alternatively leave the A1(M) at Chester-le-Street and head
west on the A183/A1052.
Access and facilities: The visitor centra has a cafe, shop and toilets and is open from 11 - 4. The reserve is open from 9.30 - 4.30.
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