Places to see birds

Coatham Marsh is very pleasant at any season but is of most interest during spring, autumn and winter. Accessability is recently improved with new boardwalks. Early morning is generally best. More...

Located on a promontory almost surrounded by the sea makes Hartlepool Headland a first landfall for many migrants and a good spot from which to observe movement of seabirds along the east coast. More...

Both Reservoirs are off the A171 from Teesside to Whitby. Scaling Dam is at a point about 12 miles west of Whitby. Lockwood Beck is nearer Guisborough. At any season, the best approach is to give Lockwood Beck a quick look en route to the larger Scaling Dam. More...

Sitting at the mouth of the Tees estuary, this is the North Tees equivalent of the South Gare, with a good beach, dunes and a man-made breakwater. More...

Portrack Marsh is situated between the north bank of the River Tees and Portrack Industrial Estate. Parking and bus stops are available at the nearby Tees Barrage. More...

Park at the roadside between Redcar and Marske near the Stray Cafe, opposite Zetland Park. Before heading towards the beach, it can be worthwhile spending a little time investigating the vegetation along The Stray itself as this is attractive to passage migrants. More...

Take the A174 from Redcar and park at the top of Saltburn Bank. There is a public footpath into the woods, just along from the bandstand. At this point the beck is wide; further inland the woodland is better for birds. More...

If you are looking for a bird watching site close to home and with easy access, you cannot beat South Gare- a man-made breakwater at the mouth of the River Tees. It is worth a visit at any time of year. More...

Often these sites are overlooked for serious birdwatching. Many birds rely on these places as wintering grounds as well as to provide good locations to rear young. More...

Travelling north on the A19, head for Dalton Piercy. Turn left for Trimdon and keep on to Hurworth. Park near the disused railway bridge and walk northwards to the reservoir. More...

Saltholme is a brilliant reserve, with something to suit all tastes. It is open every day except Christmas Day. From 1 April to 31 October, opening hours are 10 am to 5 pm, and from 1 November to 31 March, 10 am to 4 pm. The cafe is open 10am - 4pm all year round More...

Seal Sands is an area of tidal mud flats and a part of a National Nature Reserve. It is an essential feeding stage for many waders. More...

Bowesfield is a new wetland nature reserve created and managed by the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust. Bowesfield is on the flood plain of the River Tees and three large, reed-fringed pools can be explored via a network of surfaced paths and bridges. More...