Prestwick Carr

Birdwatching Sites Prestwick Carr

Prestwick Carr is a low lying area of wetland. There is no access, however it can be viewed from the surrounding roads (which are in poor condition and not suitable for cars). There is also a viewing platform. The Northumberland Wildlife Trust manage a large portion of the wet grassland to the south of the carr area as a nature reserve.

In recent years Prestwick Carr has been a popular destination for Great Grey Shrikes in the autumn/winter months.

In 2014 a Woodchat Shrike was found and showed well from the Northumberland Wildlife Trust viewing platform. A Black throated Thrush was also discovered in March 2016″.

A Willow Tit

A visit to Prestwick Carr is truly a great experience, with an expanse of grassland and woodland, together with areas of freshwater.  There is a large area to cover, and plenty of space for birds to shelter and enjoy the surrounding habitat.   This is a great site to escape for a few hours and enjoy nature.




Map Reference

NZ 190 736


  • Wetland
  • Grassland


The lane is partly accessible to wheelchairs.


The nearest public toilets are in Ponteland or Kingston Park.


Park in the small laybys on the minor road

Additional Information

More information is available from the NWT website at