Approximately six miles NNE from Corbridge, there is a collection of small lakes and reservoirs which are separated by Hadrian’s Wall and the B6318 Military Road. These are known as the Whittle Dene Reservoirs. Whittle Dene is managed by Northumbrian Water and the Northumberland Wildlife Trust.
An unlocked bird hide overlooks the northern reservoir, which can be accessed from part of the Hadrian’s Wall Trail. Whittle Dene is a popular destination for anglers and walkers.
During 2015 a Black Tern stopped off for an extended visit, which was much appreciated by the local birders.
A Black Tern from 2015
A visit to Whittle Dene can prove very relaxing with it’s fresh country air and open landscapes. In the summer, the nearby hedges are alive with singing Warblers and woodland birds, whilst the freshwater is a popular attraction for Great Crested Grebes, Goosanders, Grey Herons, Cormorants and Common Terns. During the winter months, flocks of Geese are recorded, which at times can include Bean Goose. In recent years, winter records of Green Sandpipers have been noted.
In September 2016 a Franklin’s Gull was found amongst the hundreds of Gulls in the area.
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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 no toilets or shops nearby.
Parking is available off the B6309 200m south of the crossroads with the Military Road
More information is available from the NWT website at www.nwt.org.uk