TEESSIDE, COUNTY DURHAM (Stockton-on-Tees, Billingham), (E)

 National Grid NZ 477255 (Cowpen Bewley Country Park), NZ 507251 and NZ 533282 (Teesside National Nature Reserve car parks) 00o00´/00o00´ N/A ha 8m (Cowpen CP) 3m (Teesside NNR), mainly flooded meadows and grassland, with some bushes 
Anytime (19.02.10)


Birding Site Guide

These two sites adjoin each other and are separated from Saltholme RSPB Reserve (to S) by just a road. They lay just E of Billingham and just N of Middlesborough. Cowpen Bewley is located about 4 miles from the A19 along the A689 only half a mile, then from the roundabout head S along the A1185, just before the railway is the left turning to the car park and bird feeding area. For Teesside NNR continue along the A1185 to the mini roundabout and go left (N) onto the A178, the entrance to the first car park is a short way along here on the left. Around 5km further on, on the A178 a little after the next roundabout on the right is the other car park. 

These places are good for gulls, waders and waterfowl. Cowpen Bewley had a male Ring-necked Duck on our visit, which was on the lake just NE of the car park. Sparse bushes should be checked for migrants. The Tees Mouth should be checked for waders and gulls; Seal Sands creek is located between the two mentioned roundabouts on the A178. Also on the Tees Mouth are North Gare Sands, Seaton Sands (with sand dunes and spit; North Gare Breakwater) and on the south banks the South Gare Breakwater point and Bran and Coatham Sands. 

Other sites close by include Saltholme RSPB Reserve and Seaton Carew waterfront, see there write-ups on BSG. 

Author: BSG