This page shows information relating to the places I visit when I'm out walking, birdwatching and/or doing a bit of photography. The level of detail will grow as time progresses. I hope you find it useful:
Local patches - My local patch consists of a number of sites in and around Bishop Auckland. Sites include Etherley Moor, Bishop’s Park, The Batts, Escomb, Low Barns, Gaunless Flats and a number of small sites that are not as well known to the birding community.
The Dales - Weardale and Teesdale are situated towards the west of County Durham and offers some very good birdwatching and photographic opportunities. The Dales can be visited at any time of year and is probably best known for the Red Grouse and Black Grouse that can be found there.
Teesside (Cleveland) is one of my most visited areas as it offers the opportunity of observing a wide variety of birds. My recording area for Teesside starts from Scaling Dam and South Gare (southern side of the River Tees) and goes as far north as Hartlepool Headland and Crimdon Dene.
South Tyneside includes areas such as Derwentside, Gateshead, South Shields, Whitburn and Seaham. Key locations can be visited throughout the area, offering a wide variety of birding and photographic opportunities. In places, the scenery can be very picturesque and will also offer good landscape photography.