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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

Clara Vale – community managed site with wildlife all year round

Derwent Gorge and Muggleswick Woods – fantastic ancient oak woodlands in beautiful gorge setting

Derwent Walk Country Park and Derwenthaugh Park – great place to red kites

Milkwellburn Wood – peaceful oak woodland with interesting bird life

Ryton Willows – see colourful dragonflies and damselfies on the ponds

Shibdon Pond and Meadow – herb rich grassland and pond loved by otters

Stargate Ponds – wildlife rich ponds on reclaimed quarry and opencast site

Summerhill and Stella Meadows – wildflower meadows with wonderful views and ancient history

The Spetchells – rare chalk grassland with solitary bees and many butterfly species