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Wildlife

Occupying an area of more than 100 acres of parkland and woodland, Preston Park is an important wildlife resource and key recreational area.
The Quarry Wood, an attractive woodland is situated within a steep sided valley on the banks of the River Tees.

The wood contains a large number of trees including oak, ash, alder, beach and horse chestnut. The age and variety of the trees provide a good habitat for birds such as great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, tree creeper and tawny owl. Several secluded walks within the woods will offer an opportunity to discover a variety of plants such as wood anemones, blue bells, violets, and other plants associated with such mature woodlands. 

A network of waterways and wetlands created with the building of the Tees Barrage, act as refuge for fish during the flooding of the river and also offer an ideal habitat for a variety of ducts, geese, heron and cormorant.  

The stretch of nearly 3/4 of a mile of riverbank is also a unique nesting site for colonies of sand martins from about May to October.

Quarry Woods within the Park is a designated local wildlife conservation area. FoPP will appreciate any contribution that the regular park users would like to make by submitting their own accounts of the rich wildlife that exists in the park. To begin with these are from U.Metti of Eaglescliffe.
















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