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Castle Eden Dene

Castle Eden Dene occupies a deep, steep-sided ravine formed in Magnesian Limestone and boulder clay and is the largest area of natural woodland in north-east England. The tangled landscape is a survivor of the wildwood which once covered most of Britain.

Over four hundred and fifty species of plants have been recorded in the wood, including rarities such as bird's nest orchid, herb paris and lily of the valley. The woods are home to many different birds including the treecreeper and nuthatch. Red squirrels may also be seen on the site.

English Nature Website | Durham Council website

Low Barnes (Witton Le Wear)

This 50 hectare nature reserve is primarily a wetland site, although areas of woodland and grassland can also be found here. Wetland features include a number of lakes, interconnecting streams, a number of mature ponds and a wet pasture.



The site supports large populations of waterfowl and in the woodland areas up to fifty different types of tree can be found. Grassland areas contain many wild flowers such as yellow rattle and early purple orchid. These flowers support a host of insect species including many colourful butterflies.

Durham Wildlife Trust
| Durham County Council