The Clara Vale Local Nature Reserve is situated on the site of the old Clara Vale colliery, near Crawcrook, Tyne and Wear. Close to the River Tyne (although separated from it by the Newcastle – Carlisle railway), the Reserve covers an area of approximately 7.5 acres and is managed by the Clara Vale Conservation Group (CVCG), who lease the land from Gateshead Council. The Reserve comprises woodland, wetland and meadow areas.
Within the Reserve there are Sycamore trees that are as old as Clara Vale itself. They have stood through the fascinating history of the village, from its inception, decline and rebirth; they are the kingpins of the rich diversity of wildlife and habitats, which the volunteers of the CVCG aim to encourage and maintain for all to enjoy today. What stories would they tell if they could?
Over 200 plant species have been identified. There are many birds present at any time of year including waterfowl, birds of prey and garden birds, plus seasonal visitors. There are two bird hides situated within the reserve with keyed access, for more information on these please visit our Supporters page.