Swallow Pond and Plantation LNR
Designated site name: Swallow Pond and Plantation LNR   View map
LNR Type: Urban Fringe Type:  
County: TYNE AND WEAR Natural England Area Team: Northumbria (LNR)
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Date of Declaration: 01/10/1992 Declaring Authority: North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council
Area (Ha): 20.44 Grid Reference: NZ 299 693
Owned By:  North Tyneside Council Managed By:  North Tyneside Council
Location: Rising Sun Country Park, Whitley Road, Benton, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE12 9SS
How to get there: Please check how to get to the LNR e.g. Using Traveline Traveline website or phone 0871 200 22 33 (chargeable call)

Access to the nature reserve can be made from the Rising Sun Countryside Centre, located off Whitley Road (A191).

There are regular bus links to the ASDA supermarket (Benton), up to date timetables and services can be found on the Nexus website or by calling the Travel Line on 0191 232 5325.

There are frequent metros to Palmersville station. As you come out of the station you turn right and walk straight ahead, at the public house on the corner you turn right again. About 100 yards, on the other side of the road you will see the Entrance signs to the Park.

Parking is provided within the Centre grounds.

Visitor facilities: We advise you to check information about the current visitor facilities before you go to the LNR e.g. through the local authority or managing body's website.

What to see: Mixed plantation woodland, grassland, a seasonal wetland and a collection of smaller ponds. In the past the reserve has been the site of a coal mine and a landfill for domestic waste, but is now home to a fantastic array of wildlife. In winter, teal and lapwing arrive in their hundreds, whilst tufted duck and pochard arrive following 'wetter' years. Snipe, wigeon, mallard, shoveler and whooper swans are regular winter visitors, too.

Volunteer and 'Friends': For information about volunteering and 'Friends' groups, please contact the manager and see teh local authority or managing body's website.
Contact the local authority or owner of the LNR for further information - e.g. through the Local authority website.

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