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Druridge Pools

As you travel north from Cresswell Pond you very soon come to another important nature reserve known as Druridge Pools, which again runs close to the coast and can be accessed from a narrow road that turns to the right. The reserve evolved from a former opencast coal mine and is managed by the Northumberland Wildlife Trust . As you enter the reserve, there are two wet fields to the left. There is a screen hide, which provides a good view of the fields which can be accessed from a short path that travels to the left.

Druridge Pools is great for wintering wildfowl and waders. In 1993 it attracted a Black-winged Stilt and in recent times a Green-winged Teal and a Stilt Sandpiper in 2014. A Broad-billed Sandpiper stayed for a short while in 2016. Over the past few years, Druridge Pools has been popular with visiting Spoonbills and Little and Great White Egrets, which can come to visit for short periods.

Photo to the right
A Great White Egret
at Druridge Pools
by Alan Curry
in June 2016

It is also popular with migrants/vagrants and in 2013 a Subalpine Warbler stopped off briefly for a short while.

Key waders to watch out for can include Common, Curlew, Green and Wood Sandpipers, Little and Temminck’s Stints, Curlew and Whimbrel, Redshank, Greenshank and Spotted Redshank and much more… Wildfowl can include Mute, Whooper and Bewick Swans, Gadwall, Goldeneye, Pintail, Pochard, Scaup, Shoveler, Teal, Tufted Duck and Wigeon.

Photo to the left
A Whooper Swan
at Druridge Pools
by Jack Bucknall
in February 2016

As you travel further down the narrow road, there is a deep lake and two unlocked bird hides. One overlooks the lake, whilst other provides another view of the wet fields. There is a second path, only a short walk from the turning for the screen hide. This again turns to the left, and provides access to the two bird hides.

Photo to the right
A Ruff
at Druridge Pools
by Hector Gallery
in August 2014

The surrounding woodland is popular with woodland birds and warblers. During the spring/summer Chiffchaff, Whitethroat and Willow Warbler can be easily seen and heard. The nearby dunes are also a favorite for Stonechats and Twite in the winter.

The beautiful beaches of Druridge Bay are only a few minutes away and the East Chevington Nature Reserve and the Druridge Bay Country Park are only a short distance to the north.

 

Below is a selection of photos from Druridge Pools.

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