This former iron work site is now an attractive 5 hectare Local Nature Reserve (LNR) situated between the famous Darlington to Stockton railway line and the A67.
The meadows at the Whinnies boast a diverse and rare mix of grassland plants with 15 species of grass, including frequent patches of Quaking-grass and Heath-grass. Amongst over 50 wild flowers present are Devil’s-bit Scabious, Umbellifer Pepper-Saxifrage, Yellow-Rattle, Dyer’s-greenweed and autumn Gentian.
There are some surfaced footpaths through the site which are suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. It is used by local dog walkers, joggers and visiting naturalists. The site is great place for watching for butterflies and birds. Notable bird species present on site include Reed bunting, Lapwing, Curlew, Skylark, Tree sparrow, Linnet, Bullfinch, Yellow hammer and Kestrel. During the summer months the ponds are a great place to watch Dragonflies and Damselflies.
The site is open all year round and the gates on the site are suitable for wheelchair users. However, the unsurfaced section off Old Yarm Road is unsuitable for wheelchair users and push chairs.
The Whinnies is located just off the A67 between the edge of Middleton St George and Durham Tees Valley airport.
There are a number of bus stops in Oak Tree.
For information on bus services and other public transport please contact: Traveline NorthEast on 0870 608 2608 or