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Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve & Visitor Centre
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Rainton Meadows is just one of 35 nature reserves owned and managed by Durham Wildlife Trust. The visitor centre and children's WildPlay area area open seven days a week from 10am – 4.00pm. The centre has a range of facilities including toilets, a classroom, meeting rooms and a fantastic coffee shop. There is an excellent network of accessible pathways linking viewing areas that look across the lakes and wetlands, with areas of grassland and woodland completing the habitats on site. Rainton Meadows has developed into a significant area for wildlife over the last 20 years. The wetlands and grasslands support a wide range of birds and over 200 species have been recorded. Waders such as redshank, oystercatcher, lapwing are regularly seen and also more unusual species such as little ringed plover. All five species of UK owl can be seen at different times of the year and there are good numbers of warblers, finches, tits and farmland birds. Stoat, weasel, brown hare and roe deer are regularly seen and the wetlands attract numerous dragonflies and damselflies. Butterfly numbers are also high, particularly grassland species.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Reviewed 26 June 2014

Great walks around the ponds. The footpaths are great. Zero litter. Kids love it here, spotting birds and insects. Have never had anything in the cafe but the toilets were used by the children and are very clean.

Thank debbie s
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Rainton Meadows has some wonderful walks and equally wonderful wildlife, especially birds. There are bird hides too which enable visitors to watch the birds in relative comfort. This is a great local resource and is well used by locals, not that it's ever overcrowded as it's such a large area. The swans are my personal favourite. You can even buy a refreshments in the Visitor Centre building. Parking is also ample. Alot of the walks are wheelchair accessible although due to the nature of the area, not all are. And it's free for both parking and walking.

1  Thank Helen D
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

Visitor centre is interesting, the footpaths are good for disabled visitors and the landscaping has greatly improved the area. Its a pity that the wild fowl are difficult to see!

Thank kikelmool
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Reviewed 25 June 2013

Taunton meadows is a nice walk with the dog, joes pond is worth a visit. The paths are ideal for a stroll but I wouldn't class it as a hike! The DWT has done a good job when you consider it was pitland and the paths are disabled friendly. The car parking is free and the visitor centre is friendly and great value for a cuppa.

Thank GarethDurham
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Reviewed 24 May 2013

when I was a boy played around the pond which was below a pit heap. The transformation has been fantastic with several different walks, ponds, hides and great woodland areas and places to sit a while. The centre is excellent for information and also as a meeting place with conference area.

1  Thank DARGEA
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