Saltburn Gill Nature Reserve
What is Saltburn Gill?
Saltburn Gill is 52 acres of ancient woodland bordered on the west hand side by a stream of the same name. A protected nature reserve it was awarded the designation of biological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in 1984.
The reserve principally consists of a mixture of Oak and Ash with a Hazel and Holly under-storey. Managed Sycamore has replaced the Wych Elm that proliferated prior to the arrival of Dutch Elm disease, which has changed the consistency of the original woodland, which dates back to before 1600.
What will I be able to see?
The Wild & Plant Life
- Plants: Pendulous Sedge, Dutch Rush, Stinking Iris, Early Purple Orchid, Tormentil, Primrose, Dog Violet and Wood Anemone, Spindle and Guelder Rose.
- Birds: Bullfinch, Nuthatch, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Woodcock, Tawny Owl, Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail and Willow Tit.
How does it change throughout the Seasons?
Spring and early summer is by far the best time to visit the reserve when the woodland wildflowers are out. The Lesser Celandines start it all off with their showy yellow flowers followed shortly afterwards by carpets of strong smelling Wild Garlic and Bluebells. Other plants to look out for include Woodruff, Bugle, Moschatel and Wood Avens to name but a few. So keep your eyes peeled!
Autumn and the falling leaves makes it easier to see the mixed tit flocks moving through the canopy as they search out the last insect before winter. These flocks can be worth a second look as there are often Treecreepers and the occasional Goldcrest tagging along with them. The Autumn is also the time for toadstools and other fungi as they help with the recycling process.
Winter the sheltered nature of the site means that the temperature inside the gill is higher than outside, this makes the gill the ideal place for ferns, Hart's-Tongue Fern, Male fern and Broad Buckler can all be found. Common Polypody and Hard fern are also found in a few places.Photographs from Wikipedia, Text taken from the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust Website
Open all year round from sunrise to sunset.
Saltburn Gill is managed by the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust.
You can become a member by clicking here. Membership starts from £10.
It is also possible to have a tree planted as a memorial to a loved one.
Or you could become a volunteer and help maintain this wonderful natural resource for future generations.-