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

Briar Dene

Briar Dene can be found only a few minutes’ drive from St Mary’s Island and the town of Whitley Bay and consists of a mixture of woodland, parkland and a small freshwater stream. The site is popular at times with visiting migrants/vagrants, especially in the spring and autumn.

The site is located close to nearby housing and is well used by local the residents. There is free access and some good quality paths.

Recent highlights have included a Hume’s Warbler and some Waxwings in November 2014.

A Blackbird

During the spring/summer months, the site is alive with the calls of Warblers, such as Chiffchaff’s with their legendary “Chiff-Chaff’ call.

County

Tyne & Wear, North Tyneside.

Map Reference

NZ 347 738

Habitats

  • Woodland
  • Freshwater Stream

Access

There is free access to
Brier Dene and it is suitable for wheelchair users.

Facilities

There are toilets at the nearby St Mary’s Island.

Parking

There is free parking available.