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Queen Elizabeth II Country Park

A popular country park, consisting of a 40-acre freshwater lake, surrounded by developing woodland and grassland. The lake is a favorite for waterfowl, especially in the winter with Gadwall, Tufted Duck and Wigeon often venturing close to the water’s edge in the car park. Here you can also see Cormorants drying out their wings and there is a small colony of Mute Swans. The woodland attracts a variety of woodland birds and a good selection of Warblers during the summer months. During 2016 a Black Tern and an Iceland Gull came to visit which were both popular with the local birdwatchers.

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Photo to the right
An Iceland Gull
by Paul Buskin

in January 2016

The park is popular with dog walkers and fisherman. There is a small hotel and restaurant at the main entrance. Visitors can enjoy a long nature trail walk, which circumnavigates the large lake. There is also a small narrow gauge railway, which runs from the car park to the Woodhorn Northumberland Museum, which is operated by volunteers in the summer months.

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If you fancy a nice walk, with plenty of wildlife then Queen Elizabeth Country Park is a perfect day out.