As you travel north from Cresswell Pond you very soon come to another important nature reserve known as Druridge Pools, which again runs close to the coast and can be accessed from a narrow road that turns to the right. The reserve evolved from a former opencast coal mine and is managed by the Northumberland Wildlife Trust . As you enter the reserve, there are two wet fields to the left. There is a screen hide (Budge Screen), which provides a good view of the fields which can be accessed from a short path that travels to the left.
Druridge Pools is great for wintering wildfowl and waders. In 1993 it attracted a Black-winged Stilt and in recent times a Green-winged Teal and a Stilt Sandpiper in 2014. A Broad-billed Sandpiper stayed for a short while in 2016. Over the past few years, Druridge Pools has been popular with visiting Spoonbills and Little and Great White Egrets, which can come to visit for short periods.
A Water Pipit from 2017
It is also popular with migrants/vagrants and in 2013 a Subalpine Warbler stopped off briefly for a short while, whilst Water Pipits have been regular the last few years.
Key waders to watch out for can include Common, Curlew, Green and Wood Sandpipers, Little and Temminck’s Stints, Curlew and Whimbrel, Redshank, Greenshank and Spotted Redshank and much more… Wildfowl can include Mute, Whooper and Bewick Swans, Gadwall, Goldeneye, Pintail, Pochard, Scaup, Shoveler, Teal, Tufted Duck and Wigeon.
A Yellow Wagtail
As you travel further down the narrow road, there is a deep lake and two unlocked bird hides. One overlooks the lake, whilst other provides another view of the wet fields. There is a second path, only a short walk from the turning for the screen hide. This again turns to the left, and provides access to the two bird hides.
The surrounding woodland is filled with wildlife all year round. During the spring/summer Chiffchaff, Whitethroat and Willow Warbler can be easily seen and heard. The nearby dunes are also a favorite for Stonechats and Twite in the winter.
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The reserve is suitable for accompanied wheelchairs.
A downloadable access sheet is available from the NWT website at www.nwt.org.uk
There are two unlocked hides available which are accessible to the public and there is a screen which overlooks the wet fields.
Visitors can park to the left or right of the roadside at the adjacent National Trust Druridge Links site.
More information is available from the NWT website at www.nwt.org.uk