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Backworth Pond

Backworth Pond was once a prime birding site, rich in waders, especially during the autumn; that was popular with local birders. Over the past twenty-five years, the bulrushes etc. have expanded their range and changed the habitat enormously. The pond sits on private land, where there is no access or birding hides, however visitors can view the pond from nearby public paths, which can be accessed via the adjacent dog kennels. The paths are not well maintained and nearby shrubs and trees often can be overgrown to the extent that they at times need to be brushed out of the way when passing. The dogs from the kennels can be noisy, as you make your way to the pond.

Photo to the left
A Kestrel
at Backworth Pond
by Alan Curry
in May 2013

Backworth Pond and the surrounding wetland/farmland remains an important habitat for birds and the site continues to attract a fair variety over the seasons. It would be great to see this once flagship site in any birders calendar restored to its original condition. Nearby housing has been expanding extensively over the past decade but the pond still continues to be surrounded by farmland/former industrial land.

The pond continues to attract a selection of Wildfowl such as Gadwall, Mallard, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Teal and Wigeon. During the winter, Whooper Swan’s have also been recorded. Waders continue to visit, especially when the neighbouring fields are flooded and some years Jack Snipe can be found

Recent highlights included a Red-necked Phalarope in 2012; and a Green-winged Teal and Bean and White-fronted Geese in 2016. On the 30th May 1990 a Scarlet Rosefinch was found by one very lucky birder.

Visitors are also recommended to visit the nearby sites of Holywell Dene, Holywell Pond and the Rising Sun Country Park