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Nature reserves

Come and visit our nature reserves! We have a number of reserves across County Durham, which are ideal places to visit for watching birds, butterflies and a variety of other wildlife.

The nature reserves vary from woodland to grassland, heathland to coastal, so whichever habitats you are interested in, there is somewhere to visit.

Where can I visit? 

Countryside sites on a map

See our picnic areas, nature reserves, railway paths and country parks on a map.

Nature reserves in County Durham
Name of nature reserveLocation (link opens a location map in our GIS system)Downloadable leaflet
Aykley Woodnortheast of County Hall, on A691 Durham City 
Blackhall Rocksoff A1086, southeast of Blackhall CollieryBlackhall Rocks Nature Reserve (PDF, 1Mb)
Bracken Hillsouth of Bracken Hill Industrial Estate, Shotton CollieryBracken Hill Nature Reserve (PDF, 2Mb)
Chapman's Wellon A6076, southeast of Annfield PlainChapmens Well Nature Reserve (PDF, 6Mb)
Chester Mooroff A167, east of Chester Moor 
Cong Burn Woodnorth of Waldridge village 
Coxhoe Quarry Woodnortheast of CoxhoeCoxhoe Quarry Wood Nature Reserve (PDF, 2Mb)
Crimdon Dunesoff A1086, south of Blackhall Colliery 
Crowtreeswest of Quarrington HillCrowtrees Nature Reserve (PDF, 1Mb)
Daisy Hillon Edmondsley to Waldridge road, east of EdmondsleyDaisy Hill Nature Reserve (PDF, 3Mb)
Egglesburn Woodwest of EgglestonEgglesburn Wood Nature Reserve (PDF, 2Mb)
Ferryhill Carrseast of Ferryhill 
Greencroft Heathoff A693, south of Annfield PlainGreencroft Heath Nature Reserve (PDF, 1Mb)
Hayberriessouthwest of EgglestonHayberries Nature Reserve (PDF, 1Mb)
Horden Grasslandeast of Horden Industrial EstateHorden Grasslands Nature Reserve (PDF, 2Mb)
Kingswoodsouth of Quarrington HillKingswood Nature Reserve (PDF, 2Mb)
Limekiln Gillbehind Cotsford Park Estate, southeast of HordenLimekiln Gil lNature Reserve (PDF, 2Mb)
Littlewoodon B6291, northeast of Quarrington HillLittlewood Nature Reserve (PDF, 1Mb)
Low Newton Junctioneast of Newton HallLow Newton Junction Nature Reserve (PDF, 2Mb)
Noses Pointoff A182, south of Dawdon 
Pity Me Carrseast of Pity MePity Me Carrs Nature Reserve (PDF, 2Mb)
Tanfield Lea Marshnorth of Tanfield Lea Industrial Estate 
Willington Woodnorth of Willington 
Wingate Quarryon B1278, west of WingateWingate Quarry Nature Reserve (PDF, 2Mb)
Witton Deneoff A691, south of Witton GilbertWitton Dene Nature Reserve (PDF, 2Mb)

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