Low Force
Bird Watching|March 2018

Lekking grouse and lots more at this scenic site

John Miles

This is a very scenic route offering you some of the best birds and flora of Teesdale. The starting point is the Bowlees Visitor Centre, supported by the North Pennine AONB, which has a great wealth of information as well as a well-earned cup of tea on your return. The land around the visitor centre has a mixture of habitats with woodland, stream and quarry where limestone plants can be found along with hunting owls and Kestrels.

I found Redstarts with fledged young here in 2016 and there were plenty of Willow Warblers, Blackcap and even a Pied Flycatcher. The walk to the river saw a nesting Redstart as well as Treecreeper, Nuthatch and Great Spotted Woodpecker. The first fields held plants such as Spotted Orchid with general grassland flora.

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