Rockwell Local Nature Reserve
This is Darlington’s largest and most popular nature reserve. It has excellent access for visitors including disabled access and a cycle route, linking the centre of Darlington with the wider countryside.
Ten years ago this site was restored to its present form with assistance from Darlington Borough Council and a Friends Group developing the site. New meanders and pool features were created along the banks of the River Skerne and lately the site forms part of Darlington Meadows Project and its educational use is promoted widely. Volunteers are involved with tree and bulb planting, they host family bat walks, manage litter picks, conduct wildlife surveys and habitat management.
Today the site is the most likely place to see the rare and highly endangered Water Vole, along with healthy fish populations, Kingfisher and Otter.
Grid Ref: NZ 302 159