Posted: Friday 18th July 2014 by ASpecialPlaceEachWeek
Maze Park (Tees Valley Wildlife Trust)
Maze Park is a green oasis right at the centre of the Teesside. Visitors can climb one of its landscaped mounds to enjoy panoramic views of the conurbation or relax by the riverbanks to admire common seals and migrating salmon.
Planted with a variety of broad-leaves trees, Maze Park is rapidly forming into a relaxing area of woodland, providing a great place to unwind rom the hustle and bustle of such a central urban location.
Visit for remarkable butterfly diversity, with more than 12 species found flittering around the reserve’s glades and open grassland
Visit for remarkable butterfly diversity, with more than 12 species found flittering around the reserve’s glades and open grassland. Among them, include the grayling and dingy skipper - both that have suffered significant declines across Britain. The steep riverbanks here also play an important role giving home to a small colony of sand martins.
The reserve’s central mound is flat-topped and its plateau consists of the characteristic steelworks slag materials, presumably originating from the Thornaby blast furnace; one of the first of such structures on Teesside. The steelworks waste is lime-rich, low in nutrients and free draining and its nearest natural equivalent would be chalk grasslands or base-rich sand dunes systems. Typically, they contain an abundance of herb species including yellow wort, black medick, common centaury and bird’s-foot trefoil. This exciting range of habitats has been crucial in supporting the grey partridge and skylark.