Widdybank, Durham

Described by the Society as 'a most wonderful botanical station', the fell at Widdybank is made up of grassland, flushes, bogs and limestone rock. Although the building of Cow Green reservoir in the 1960s had an impact on the site’s geology, wildlife survived and has flourished since. The site is famous for the rare spring gentian, and black grouse and ring ouzel breed here. Now part of the Moor House-Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve (NNR) and Special Area for Conservation (SAC; a European designation), it is managed by Natural England.



(Above) the original SPNR survey documents for Widdybank

More information on Widdybank

Visit the Natural England page for Widdybank, which is part of the Moor House - Upper Teesdale national nature reserve.

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