The Nature Reserve remains open but in the light of Government advice aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus we are recommending that the hides are not used. It will, of course, be up to each individual to make their own decision. The hides are small, so keeping 2 metres apart will be difficult. There is a lot of uncertainty about how the virus behaves but it is possible that its can remain infectious on the wooden shelves for a number of hours. 
There’s still lots to see in the rest of the Reserve. Chiffchaffs, our first spring migrants, have arrived, most likely from sub-Saharan Africa. Willow warblers and Blackcaps will be here in the next few weeks. Winter-visiting Redwings can still be seen but they’ll be leaving soon. So take a break from the depressing news and enjoy a walk in our Reserve.

Singing Chiffchaff

Building Bridges on the Reserve

Come along Saturday 11th November10am to help build a new bridge and repair an old one!

As part of the project, funded by Tyne and Wear Community Foundation, to improve access for everyone in the nature reserve, the new path has been put in and we will be building a new bridge and widening the old bridge by the pond. So come along and share your skills or learn new ones and help make the nature reserve a place everyone can explore and enjoy.


The volunteers of the Clara Vale Conservation Group (CVCG) look after the Clara Vale Nature Reserve, adjacent to the village of Clara Vale, near Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. The 7.5 acre Local Nature Reserve is a haven for a rich variety of resident and visiting wildlife, flora and fauna. Here you can find out about what we do, what you can see and how we can all help ensure the Reserve thrives for future visitors to enjoy.