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Prestwick Carr

Prestwick Carr is a low lying area of wetland. There is no access, however it can be viewed from the surrounding roads (which are in poor condition and not suitable for cars). There is also a viewing platform. The Northumberland Wildlife Trust manage a large portion of the wet grassland to the south of the carr area as a nature reserve.

In recent years Prestwick Carr has been a popular destination for Great Grey Shrikes in the autumn/winter months.

Photo to the right
A Great Grey Shrike
at Prestwick Carr
by Ian Fisher
January 2012

In 2014 a Woodchat Shrike was found and showed well from the Northumberland Wildlife Trust viewing platform.  As this new bird watching sites section is launching, another rarity; a Black throated Thrush was discovered on Monday 20th March.  A visit to Prestwick Carr is truly a great experience, with an expanse of grassland and woodland, together with areas of freshwater.  There is a large area to cover, and plenty of space for birds to shelter and enjoy the surrounding habitat.   This is a great site to escape for a few hours and enjoy nature.  

Photo to the left
A Whimbrel
at Prestwick Carr
by Mike Hodgson
in April 2012