BBC Tees Contributor Paul Cornwall
Saltburn Autumnwatch Blog
You might think you need to travel far from our urban areas to observe plenty of wildlife up close, but as Teesside musician and wildlife enthusiast, Paul Cornwall's Autumnwatch diary shows, there is plenty to see not far from the town.
One great advantage of living in Saltburn is its proximity to so many varied wildlife habitats. Within easy walking distance we have a wonderful coastline with majestic cliffs, farmland and, best of all in my opinion, wooded valleys full of wildlife.
Saltburn has four such valleys heading inland, three of which offer easy access for walkers and birdwatchers. To the west of the town is Hazelgrove which runs between Saltburn’s caravan site and the fields surrounding Windy Hill Farm.
To the east we have Little Gill, Saltburn Gill (which is managed by the Cleveland Wildlife Trust as a nature reserve) and, the most popular and accessible of them all, Riftswood.
Autumn in Riftswood (or Saltburn woods as it is more commonly known) offers much interest to the wildlife enthusiast and in preparation for this article I have treated myself to three early morning walks during the first two weeks of October.
Entering the valley from the beach, keeping the river on your left, it is worth pausing where Skelton Beck joins Saltburn Gill.
The steep bank to your right and the river bank itself are a veritable larder for seed eating birds and there are excellent views to be had of the parties of Goldfinches feeding on the Teasel, Thistles etc.
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last updated: 14/11/2008 at 17:57