Killingworth Lake is a popular man-made lakeside park. The highlight is a small colony of Mute Swans which attracts a great deal of interest. At times Whooper and on rare occaisons Bewick Swans can also come to visit. There are two lakes, either side of a main road. There is a patch of open grassland on the southern shore and there are patches of woodland along the edges of the park which are home to singing Warblers such as Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler in the spring/summer months.
Close to the road which separates the two lakes, Cormorants and Grey Herons can be seen relaxing on some wooden platforms. The site remains a good site for Common Terns and Great Crested Grebes in the summer.
On occasion Black Terns have also been recorded visiting this site. Over recent years the County has witnessed a drop in Pochard numbers, with many sites absent this once widespread duck especially in the winter months. Killingworth continues to be well-loved by our regions Pochards.
The surrounding habitat has benefited from environmental improvements such as the addition of bulrushes along the lakes outskirts. Not only does this make the lake look more natural and visually pleasing, it has also encouraged more wildlife to colonise this urban setting. At times Reed Warblers and Sedge Warbler can now be seen.
During the autumn/winter the lake is alive with Goldeneyes and Goosanders. In the winter of 2015/16; a red head Smew and a couple of Scaup came to visit.
A Whooper Swan from 2013
Some nearby businesses have vanished from the surrounding area and these have been replaced with housing and a second supermarket has been built. Killingworth Lake is surrounded by housing in this well established new-town but remains an oasis for wildlife and the variety of species has been increasing over the past couple of years.
Tyne & Wear, North Tyneside.
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There is full public access and the site is suitable for accompanied wheelchairs.
There are toilets, shops and cafes in the nearby Morrisons supermarket and Killingworth Shopping Centre.
There is free parking available close to the lake.
The site is maintained by North Tyneside Council. For more information please visit the council’s website at www.northtyneside.gov.uk