Hawthorn Dene

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Hawthorn Dene is the second largest coastal Dene in the county consisting of relatively unspoilt ancient semi-natural broadleaved woodland and species rich limestone hay meadows.

The woodland, grasslands and coastal strip provide a diversity of habitats of high scientific value and have thus been designated as SSSI.

The reserve comprises, a steep sided ravine woodland cutting through the magnesian limestone. The woodland floor is carpeted with Wild Garlic, Bluebells and Snowdrops in the spring with uncommon species such as Early Purple Orchid, Birds- Nest Orchid and Herb Paris occurring locally in the Dene.The reserve provides suitable conditions for a wide range of woodland birds including Jay,Treecreeper, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers and summer passerines. Mammals include Roe Deer, Fox and Badger.

Footpaths are lso found within the reserve.

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The reserve is located between Easington and Seaham on the Durham Coast. Leave the A19 at either Easington or Seaham joining the B1432 , turning off into Hawthorn Village by the road north of the village. Follow this road until the bitumen ends


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