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?
|Name of nature reserve||Location (link opens a location map in our GIS system)||Downloadable leaflet|
|Aykley Wood||northeast of County Hall, on A691 Durham City|
|Blackhall Rocks||off A1086, southeast of Blackhall Colliery|
|Bracken Hill||south of Bracken Hill Industrial Estate, Shotton Colliery|
|Chapman's Well||on A6076, southeast of Annfield Plain|
|Chester Moor||off A167, east of Chester Moor|
|Cong Burn Wood||north of Waldridge village|
|Coxhoe Quarry Wood||northeast of Coxhoe|
|Crimdon Dunes||off A1086, south of Blackhall Colliery|
|Crowtrees||west of Quarrington Hill|
|Daisy Hill||on Edmondsley to Waldridge road, east of Edmondsley|
|Egglesburn Wood||west of Eggleston|
|Ferryhill Carrs||east of Ferryhill|
|Greencroft Heath||off A693, south of Annfield Plain|
|Hayberries||southwest of Eggleston|
|Horden Grassland||east of Horden Industrial Estate|
|Kingswood||south of Quarrington Hill|
|Limekiln Gill||behind Cotsford Park Estate, southeast of Horden|
|Littlewood||on B6291, northeast of Quarrington Hill|
|Low Newton Junction||east of Newton Hall|
|Noses Point||off A182, south of Dawdon|
|Pity Me Carrs||east of Pity Me|
|Tanfield Lea Marsh||north of Tanfield Lea Industrial Estate|
|Willington Wood||north of Willington|
|Wingate Quarry||on B1278, west of Wingate|
|Witton Dene||off A691, south of Witton Gilbert|
- Country parks
- Picnic areas
- Railway paths
- Countryside events and guided walks
- Support your local environment by becoming a countryside volunteer.
There are designated barbecue areas at both Hardwick Park and Wharton Park. Unauthorised fires and barbecues are not permitted on any other of our countryside sites.