11 members met at Abbey Road and then travelled to Eggleston. We walked in a westerly direction on the Teesdale Way doing a minimum of recording as the main interest was Egglesburn Wood,
We walked for approx 1 mile and then proceeded down the road and through the caravan site (no footpath signs from caravan site) We then walked over couple of fields (wall stile) and onto a track which took us to the B6282 road which we crossed into Egglesburn Wood which until the 1960s was a sand quarry, it was left to naturalise and was designated a nature reserve by Durham Co Council.
The wood is a 12 acre site with mixed broadleaved trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants(lots of nettles) form the understory. After walking through the wood several members left for home and the remainder followed an old track to the river Tees spending a few minutes by the bridge before returning to Eggleston. The return walk took us past an area of cultivation strips(Strip Lynchets) believed to be from the 14th century. Fortunately on reaching Eggleston the pub had just opened so refreshment was enjoyed by several members.
Thanks to Jill Cunningham for the recording, list attached, bird records are as follows,
Egglesburn Wood, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Wood Pigeon(s) Wren, Willow Warbler(h).
Birds other than in the wood – Blackbird, Song Thrush, House Sparrow, House Martin, Swallow, Curlew, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Mistle Thrush(, Oystercatcher, Blackheaded Gull, Jackdaw(s)