Low Barns

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Low Barns: This 50 hectare wetland site located adjacent to the River Wear also contains mixed woodlands and species rich grasslands with a Visitor Centre. The reserve has become so important that it is designated a SSSI.

Wetland features include three lakes interconnecting streams, a number of mature ponds and a wetland pasture.The River Wear flows through the reserve. There are grassland and scrub and some extensive areas of woodland, which include mature alder wood. Bird life is varied and abundant and includes the spectacular Kingfisher.

Patient visitors to the reserve may be rewarded by sightings of Otter, Red Fox, Roe Deer and Stoat. The small ponds on the reserve are excellent places to view damselflies and dragonflies, including the impressive Southern Hawker. Amphibians are also found, including the Common Frog and the Smooth Newt.Many species of butterfly occur including Dingy Skipper and Small Copper.The plant life is extremely rich and is too numerous to list but includes Burnet Rose, Centaury, Restharrow and Viper's Bugloss.

Also a footpath through the reserve.

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The reserve is west of Bishop Auckland close to the A68. From the A68 follow the brown signposts (Low Barns Nature Reserve) through Witton-le-Wear, turning right at the Victoria public house. Once over the level crossing, the centre is 1/2 mile along the road. From the A689, the reserve is 3/4 mile west of High Grange.


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