Although South Tyneside is well known for its stunning coastline and beautiful beaches it also has many fascinating wildlife sites that are hidden treasures waiting to be discovered.
From ancient wildflower meadows to new Great North Forest woodlands and from precious wetlands to rare salt marshes - South Tyneside has it all. Swans, lizards, water voles, songbirds, wildfowl and rare migrating birds make their homes in the nature reserves, ponds and rugged parks that also provide ideal growing conditions for beautiful and nationally important wild flowers.
All these countryside sites are developed and managed by the Council's Countryside Team which has just produced an attractive new booklet describing the best places to see 'wildlife on your doorstep'.
It has maps and information about 15 of the best wildlife sites in South Tyneside detailing where to go, the best times to visit and gives a feel for the types of wildlife that can be encountered.
The glossy booklet is available free of charge from Council buildings, Tourist Information Centres and Libraries. There is also a free Countryside Mailing Service that automatically sends out all the latest countryside publications as soon as they are produced. To join the list, call 424 7422 or 424 7423.