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Ferryhill Carrs
LNR Type: Urban Fringe
County: Durham
Natural England
Regional Team:
North East
Year of Declaration: 2003
Declaring Authority: Sedgefield Borough Council
Area (Ha): Click here to open the site map (new window). Once displayed, click on the site to see area and other details.
Grid Reference: NZ 301 327
Location: Ferryhill
Owned by: Joint owned by The Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral Church of Christ and Blessed Mary, the Virgin of Durham, and Sedgefield Borough Council
Managed by: Durham County Council

 (click the image to view the full size version in a new window)Fen and reeds

SSSI Type: Biological
Link to site map: Click here to open the site map from the MAGIC web site.
How to get there: Ferryhill Carrs is located on the eastern edge of Ferryhill, adjacent to the East Coast Main Line Railway. To reach Ferryhill Carrs either follow the public right of way from the junction of Wood Lane/Cleves Avenue, or take the permissive path directly across the field from Cleves Avenue/Belsay Close. This is private farmland, so please keep to the footpaths.
Visitor facilities: A network of footpaths lead visitors to most of the habitats on site. The site lies in a steep sided valley, some walkers may therefore find the steps and steep slopes leading into the reserve difficult to negotiate. Schools and local organisations are very welcome to use the site, but please contact the Countryside Management Officer if you intend to arrange events or group visits.
What to see: Ferryhill Carrs is a wonderful mix of fen (carrs), open water, ancient semi-natural woodland, calcareous grassland, marshy grassland and scrub habitats. The reserve is a haven for a number of bird species including linnet, willow warbler, reedbunting, blackcap, lesser white-throat, sparrowhawk, yellow hammer and various other birds. Both the extensive fen habitat and calcareous (magnesian limestone) grassland meadow, are rare in the region and are priority habitats within the UKBAP.
Volunteer and 'Friends of' groups: Contact Durham County Council (see below)
Contacts for further information and how to get involved: Durham County Council, Countryside Services.
Tel: 03000 264 589
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Last Updated: 04/03/2013
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 (click the image to view the full size version in a new window)The Carrs in winter 2005

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