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Leazes Park

A very popular and majestic urban park, located in the heart of the City. Opened in 1873; Leazes Park is the oldest park in Newcastle. The site contains a large lake, which is home to Canada Goose, Coot, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan and Tufted Duck .

Other birds of note can include Cormorant, Grey Heron, Goldeneye and Goosander. Recent highlights have included a Green Woodpecker in 2015 and a Kingfisher in 2016..

In the spring/summer Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers can be heard whilst Great-Spotted Woodpeckers can be seen all year round. The site remains a favourite for Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Song Thrush. Redwings can be easily found during the winter months.

Visitors can relax close to the waters edge on nearby seating or enjoy a relaxing walk through the park and the surrounding well-established woodland, which towers above.

Long gone are the rowing boats, which used to be available to hire for a small charge. Leazes Park underwent major restoration work during 2002-04 and was drained during the process. Since the park re-opened bulrushes and other vegetation has been installed around the lakes edge to improve the habitat.

Photo to the left
a Slavonian grebe
at Leazes Park
by Ian Fisher
in January 2013

In 2013 there was a rare inland visit from a Slavonian Grebe, whilst in 2016 a first winter Mediterranean Gull came to stay and remained in the area for a few weeks. Leazes Park is always popular with the local Gulls, and at times over a hundred can be present. Leazes Park and the nearby Hospital became famous in 1986, when two rare gulls came to visit; a Laughing Gull and a Ring-billed Gull.  A major event at the time and a huge surprise to find both.

Photo to the right
a Goosander
at Leazes Park
by Paul Buskin
in January 2017

This large man-made lake is truly more attractive in the present day and the variety of wildlife it is home to is increasing. Following sweeping council budget cuts, volunteers now support the park to ensure the next generation can inherit the wonders of Leazes Park.

Visitors are recommended to also visit the nearby Exhibition Park and Jesmond Dene. Only a short drive over the river as you travel into the Durham Bird Club recording area, there is another Victorian park, which is as elegant and beautiful as Leazes Park. This is known as Saltwell Park.

 

Below is a selection of photos from Leazes Park

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