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Briar Dene

Briar Dene can be found only a few minutes’ drive from St Mary’s Island and the town of Whitley Bay and consists of a mixture of woodland, parkland and a small freshwater stream. The site is popular at times with visiting migrants/vagrants, especially in the spring and autumn.

The site is located close to nearby housing and is well used by local the residents. There is free access and some good quality paths.

Recent highlights have included a Hume’s Warbler and some Waxwings in November 2014.

Photo to the left
A Hume’s Warbler by Jonathan Farooqi
at Brier Dene in November 2014



Photo to the right
A Waxwing by Chris Barlow
at Brier Dene in November 2014

During the spring/summer months, the site is alive with the calls of Warblers, such as Chiffchaff’s with their legendary “Chiff-Chaff’ call.