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Low Barns Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Low Barns is a valuable wetland reserve and one of County Durham’s most important wildlife sites, located adjacent to the River Wear. The reserve has become important for wildlife due to the wide range of habitats including wet woodland, grassland, open water and river side, which are home to many different types of birds, mammals, plants and insects. However, Low Barns has not always been a haven for local wildlife. Originally farmland, the site underwent sand and gravel extraction until 1964 when the area was given to Durham Wildlife Trust and restored as a nature reserve. In 2003 a redundant sewage treatment works on the site was replaced with a new reed bed habitat and a boardwalk which enabled public access with minimal disturbance to wildlife. The site’s flat terrain and large accessible bird hides make it an ideal place to visit for everyone. For upcoming events check our website. Parking is free for DWT members and £2.50 for non-members.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

Very nice place to go for a walk. There are stop pit sheds to sit in and watch the birds and lake nice cafe when done for refreshments. U do have to pay for parking though £2.50 x

Thank kendra197
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

Despite the wholesale felling of trees a visit here is worth considering. Plenty of parking although there is a charge for non DWT members. Small café and toilets.

Thank Oldagetravellers67
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Reviewed 9 May 2018

We spent a lovely few hours walking around the lakes, visiting the bird hides to view a variety of birdlife. Some of the hides have pictures to help identification (would be good if they all did!), and the whole place is very friendly and well maintained. The walking is easy - dogs must be on leads. There are interesting plants and trees offering a variety of habitats, as well as bird boxes to encourage nesting, and a butterfly garden with a 'bug hotel'.
There is a small car parking charge (and a very small car park!). There is a cafe in the visitor centre, although its range of cakes was disappointing - just three cling-film wrapped slices that didn't really appeal.
Well worth a visit, and we'll come again at another time of year/day (it was very warm, so many birds were absent!).

Thank Soozee
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Reviewed 13 February 2018

Lovely winters day walking by River Wear enjoying the countryside. Four excellent hides for bird watching with information about local wildlife. Followed by great cheese and fruit scones and warming coffee. Worth a visit in all seasons.

Thank 192Rob
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Emily R, Membership Development Officer at Low Barns Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2018

Hello Rob, thank you for your fantastic review of Low Barns Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre. Our work is all made possible thanks to members and it's with thanks to them that we can preserve and help care for wildlife for years to come. Best Wishes, Emily.

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Reviewed 24 January 2018

Wonderful little place. Actually not that little. A nice walk around the lake with lots of little bird hides for the enthusiast and plenty of nature to suit all. You cannot be disappointed. Lots to suit everyone. The walk isn't to difficult but can get a little boggy in places so suitable footwear is recommended. The cafe has great scones and indoor and outdoor seating. It is run by the friendliest people I ever met. There is a charge for the car park but only £2.50 ish. Not over priced at all. Worth checking out.

Thank susan W
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Emily R, other at Low Barns Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2018

Hello Susan, thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review of Low Barns Nature Reserve. I'm so glad you enjoyed the walk around the lake and enjoyed seeing all the wonderful nature. Our work is all made possible by the support we gain from members and it's with thanks to them that we can preserve sites like Low Barns for future generations. Best Wishes, Emily

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