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An Interactive Guide to Birdwatching Sites in the North East of England

Allen Banks

A relatively short drive from the town of Hexham and the Tyne Green Country Park, you can find a wondrous woodland habitat with a freshwater river called Allen Banks. Managed by the National Trust, Allen Banks runs alongside the River Allen and is home to over 70 species of birds.

This site is the largest area of ancient woodland in Northumberland. There is lots to explore and see, and every visit, is truly a magical experience. Unfortunately, Allen Banks, suffered some damage as a result of recent storms, which damaged footpaths and destroyed a bridge, which spanned the beautiful riverside.

Over recent years, sightings of Wood Warbler in the county have dwindled. Many birders regularly travel to Allen Banks, to find, this elegant summer visitor, which can usually be found most years. Other birds to watch out for include, Redstart, Pied Flycatcher and Cuckoo. A full range of Warblers can also be seen, such as Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Sedge Warbler.

The River Allen is a favourite for Grey Wagtails, Dippers and Kingfishers; whilst the woodland is home to Treecreepers, Great Spotted Woodpeckers and a great selection of woodland birds.

A Chiffchaff

Adjacent to the Allen Banks, you can also find Briarwood Banks, which is managed by the Northumberland Wildlife Trust as a nature reserve.

County

Northumberland

Map Reference

NY 799 635

Habitats

  • Woodland
  • Freshwater River

Access

The site is open from dawn to dusk and there is free access.
There is limited access for wheelchair users.

Facilities

There are toilets available.

Parking

There is a pay and display car park available (This is free for national trust members).

Additional Information

For more information please visit the National Trust’s website at www.nationaltrust.org.uk