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A thriving nature reserve

Big Waters Country Park

A popular nature reserve formed on reclaimed mining land.


Big Waters Country Park is made up of a network of paths, mature woodland and a large pond. It is abundant with a range of birds and wildlife, making it popular with nature enthusiasts for bird watching and insect spotting.

The park centres around the large pond that formed in the 1920s as a result of mining subsidence and is home to a large colony of tree sparrows, great tit, blue tit and chaffinch. You’re also likely to see a range of common water birds, insects and otters. The pond is also a popular fishing spot, managed by Big Waters Angling Club.

Big Waters Country Park is part managed by Northumberland Wildlife Trust, and access to this area is restricted to NWT members.

The east of the reserve is open to the general public.



Did you know...?

The pond at Big Waters Nature Reserve is the largest body of open water in the region.

Plan a day out


There are pathways throughout the park that are suitable for prams or wheelchairs.

Big Waters is a popular spot for bird watching and wildlife spotting. There is a good network of footpaths for dog walking or jogging.

Learn about the natural world around us with a spot of bird or insect spotting

There is an onsite car park 

There aren't any food and drink outlets, so pack a picnic or snacks to keep you going. 

There aren't any public toilets available at Big Waters. 

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