Stargate Ponds

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Stargate Ponds: The grassland supports breeding birds such as skylark, grey partridge and meadow pipit. Important insect populations include butterflies like the aptly named dingy skipper, this butterfly. Another special insect of the bare sandy ground is the green tiger beetle. Green woodpeckers are often seen flying up from feeding on the many anthills present.


The whole site contains many plants that are adapted to grow in well drained sandy soils like storks bill which gets its name from its seed pods and birdsfoot a rare and inconspicuous little plant which probably has its county stronghold in this area.


Around the ponds and ditches dragonflies like the common darter and migrant hawker can be seen along with emerald and common blue damselflies. Bird life on the ponds usually includes little grebe and mute swan with kingfisher seen occasionally.


Wildlife rich ponds.


Also footpaths seen around the reserve.

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Tyne and Wear, England, Great Britain, UK, Europe
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Bewes Hills

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Beside the A695 at Stargate.

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