Catcleugh Reservoir Local Wildlife Site
Off the A68 near Byrness. This man-made reservoir was constructed at the end of the 19th century. It provides drinking water for Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Gateshead. It is surrounded by native and conifer woodlands and moorland.
Visit for: Sightings of breeding golden plover and dunlin, buzzards, ospreys and there is the occasional record of a golden eagle. Mammals that live here include otters, red squirrels, badgers, roe deer and bats. For more, click here.
You can also visit St. Francis Church; a small 18th century church which was partly rebuilt in 1884. The south window commemorates those who died during the construction of the Catcleugh Reservoir nearby.
St Francis’ Church
Whitelee Moor National Nature Reserve
Redesdale Head, off the A68 near Carter Bar. Visit for: A site of European conservation importance because of its active blanket bog and heather heaths.
It also contains other habitats and species of national and international importance.
For more, visit the Whitelee Moor website.
Car: From the A1, follow the A696 to where it meets with the A68 and you will have arrived at Catcleugh Reservoir. Follow the signs for the nature reserve.