Teesmouth National Nature Reserve



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The sand dunes, grazing marsh, intertidal sand and mudflats of the Teesmouth NNR are set against a backdrop of Teeside’s heavy industry. There are several different varieties of orchid, and thousands of migratory waterbirds swoop down to feed on the mudflats, while harbour seals and grey seals give birth to their young and bask beside the tidal channels of the aptly named Seal Sands. The reserve is split into two main areas. North Gare is an area of dunes and grazing marsh, the winter home of flocks of lapwing and curlew, which stalk the pastures, while short-eared owls hunt among the dune grasslands. Fantastic displays of wildflowers can be seen in the spring and summer, including six different species of orchid. Seal Sands is one of the largest areas of intertidal mudflats on England’s northeast coast, and when the tide is out, hundreds of waders, including redshank and dunlin, peck through the mud.

Teesmouth National Nature Reserve
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About the area

Discover County Durham

County Durham reaches halfway across England, from the North Pennines in the west, to the sea in the east. Much of it is very sparsely inhabited, and is naturally beautiful; a mix of rolling hills, monumental valleys, lush farmland and unforgiving moors. It’s strong on industrial heritage as well, and remnants of the now all-but-vanished mining industry are everywhere.

The City of Durham has a magnificent Cathedral which can be traced back to the establishment of a church in the 10thcentury as the final resting place of the miraculous remains of Saint Cuthbert. The Cathedral, alongside the city’s Castle (an 11th-century structure that now houses University College), were created a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. The area’s mining past is fully documented at the Durham Mining Museum; an amazing resource. Bishop Auckland is the other major settlement, and for centuries was run almost as an independent state by the powerful Bishops of Durham. These days it is still a bustling town with plenty of shops, historical interest and events like the annual food festival. The coastal town of Peterlee is unusual; it was set up as a new town to house Durham miners after WW2. 

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