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The Land of Oak & Iron has a wonderful landscape of oak woodlands, grasslands, river corridors and farming land. There are many small local nature reserves just waiting to be explored and exciting wildlife discoveries to be made. See the solitary mining bee at The Spetchells in Tyne Riverside Country Park at Prudhoe or XXX.

Blaydon Burn – wonderful example of nature reclaiming an industrial site
http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/Leisure%20and%20Culture/countryside/sites/blaydon.aspx

Clara Vale – community managed site with wildlife all year round
http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/DocumentLibrary/Leisure/CountrysideWildlife/countryside/Clara-Vale-Leaflet-Nature-Reserve.pdf

Derwent Gorge and Muggleswick Woods – fantastic ancient oak woodlands in beautiful gorge setting
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/durhams-national-nature-reserves/durhams-national-nature-reserves

Derwent Walk Country Park and Derwenthaugh Park – great place to red kites
http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/Leisure%20and%20Culture/countryside/sites/derwent.aspx

Milkwellburn Wood – peaceful oak woodland with interesting bird life
http://durhamwt.com/milkwellburn-wood/

Ryton Willows – see colourful dragonflies and damselfies on the ponds
http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/Leisure%20and%20Culture/countryside/sites/rytonwillows.aspx

Shibdon Pond and Meadow – herb rich grassland and pond loved by otters
http://durhamwt.com/reserves/shibdon-meadow/

Stargate Ponds – wildlife rich ponds on reclaimed quarry and opencast site
http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/Leisure%20and%20Culture/countryside/sites/stargate.aspx

Summerhill and Stella Meadows – wildflower meadows with wonderful views and ancient history
http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/Leisure%20and%20Culture/countryside/sites/summerhill.aspx

The Spetchells – rare chalk grassland with solitary bees and many butterfly species
http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/local/Parks.aspx