Drinkfield Marsh Local Nature Reserve

Drinkfield Marsh is a peaceful wildlife haven surrounded by housing and industry and is located to the north of Darlington. The 8 hectare (20 acre) site managed as a local nature reserve (LNR) by Darlington Borough Council and the Friends of Drinkfield Marsh.

The site is an important popular and attractive area of wild space. A living willow pier gives visitors a ducks eye view of a large lake which is bordered by common reed and bullrush. The lake is a great place for watching wintering wildfowl in winter and in spring a variety of song birds and wildfowl breed including Reed Warblers and Little Grebe. The important reed beds provides a habitat for Water Shrew, Great Crested Newt and Water Vole.

The network of footpaths enables visitors to explore the mosaic of wildlife habitats of wildflower meadows, scrub and woodland.


Drinkfield Marsh by Hugh Mortimer

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