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Crag Lough, Northumberland - Peter Wakely/English Nature River Tyne - copyright Andrew Smith

Wetlands are among the most precious natural resources on Earth.  They are, after tropical rainforests, amongst the richest ecosystems on this planet, providing essential life support for much of humanity, as well as for other species. Wetlands are not only sites of exceptional biodiversity, they are also of enormous social and economic value, in both traditional and contemporary societies.

The North East contains a wide range of wetland habitats, from the subsidence ponds of the former coalfields, to the river systems of the Tweed,  Coquet, Tyne and Tees, to the naturally former lakes that make up the Roman Wall Loughs.

 Where can I visit examples of Wetlands in the North East?

Follow the links below for more information about wetland sites that are owned or managed by members of the North East Biodiversity Forum.  Please note that some of the sites are in remote locations and may have difficult terrain - refer to the individual web page for more details about site access.

Lakes, ponds and reservoirs

Derwent Reservoir (Durham)

Holywell Pond (Blyth Valley)

Greenlee Lough (Northumberland National Park)

Low Barns (Wear Valley)

Ferry Hill Carrs (Sedgefield)

Kielder Reservoir (Tynedale)

Rivers and Streams

Close House Riverside (River Tyne)

Durham Riverbanks (River Wear)

High Force (River Tees)

River Browney at Malton (Derwentside)

River Tweed