Teesside isn't a location you'd automatically associate with nature watching but
a trip to Seal Sands is a real treat for wildlife lovers.
Sands is of international importance because it's the only area of inter-tidal
mudflat between Lindisfarne to its north and the Humber to the south.
Wildlife is increasingly finding its way into our towns and
cities. Find out about some urban wildlife adventures.
- Urban areas offer surprisingly good opportunities for
wildlife watching close to where you live.
Sands - Visitor Guide
Sands, Teesmouth Nature Reserve, north east Middlesbrough, Teesside.
England Teesmouth Site Manager - 01429 853325|
Teesmouth Field Centre - 01429
Hartlepool Tourist Information - 01429 869706
of Seal Sands.|
reference: NZ507252 and NZ529273.|
Bird watching - waders.
The Teesmouth Field Centre, next to North Gare, provides a range
of educational activities - book in advance.
kit:||Kit - walking shoes and binoculars/scopes.
Tide times. |
Bird identification book.
Seal Sands forms part
of the Teesmouth National Nature Reserve. There are two areas of the reserve -
North Gare to the north and Seal Sands to the south.
- two hides in the Greatham Creek area.
Autumn/winter - Knot, Shelduck,
Teal, Redshank, Curlew, Cormorant. Spring - Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Oystercatcher.
- Sandwich Terns.
Seal sightings are pretty much guaranteed. Good
places to watch the seals are:
- the nature reserve footpath along
Greatham Creek (high tide);
- Greatham Creek hide - exposed mudflats
- North Gare reserve;
- a viewpoint close
to the main A178 road at Greatham Creek (high tide).
nearest toilets and refreshments are in Seaton Carew.|
tips: ||Take care when crossing the
A178 road at Greatham Creek - busy traffic.|
To make the most of your visit,
check tide times before leaving home.
access: There is an Easy Access path from the car park at Greatham Creek along
to the disabled access hide.
Seal Sands/Teesmouth National
Nature Reserve lies halfway between Hartlepool and Redcar, 5 km north east of
By car: Take the A178 from Teesside.
North Gare (via a minor road from the A178) and Cowpen Marsh (on the A178), 0.5
km from Seal Sands.
By rail: The closest train station is Seaton Carew.
bus: The Hartlepool Stagecoach No 1 runs hourly between Hartlepool and Middlesbrough.
times:||Year round - open access.|
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