This is a large reservoir on the A171 between Whitby and Guisborough, which is home to over 180 different bird species. Scaling dam is owned by Northumbria Water and is a very popular birdwatching site - indeed the on the south west corner there is a small nature reserve whose function it is to provide protection to the water's edge habitats and the meadow land.
Grid Ref 746126.
This is former alum quarry and is situated on the northern side of Sandsend on the coast road. This is a great location to see waders (at low tide) and sea birds. It is owned by the Marquis of Normanby who has utilised this wasteland to offer the region's wildlife a habitat of scrub woods, wet patches and small pond areas.
Grid Ref NZ 857137
Pexton Moor / Dalby Forest
This is another key area for watching bird life, particularly along the Dalby Forest Path public footpath. To add a bit of interest, there are talking posts giving visitors commentaries on birdlife, butterflies, fungi and other wildlife in the area. Take a picnic!
Park at Haygate car park at the peak of Pexton Bank (close to Dalby Forest). Grid Ref: SE 854865.
Meander alongside May Beck and Little Beck while looking up at the canopies for a wide variety of bird life. When you neck gets a little sore from looking up, marvel at the blanket of wild flowers on the woodland floor. There is also a waterfall at Falling Foss which is particularly powerful after a period of prolonged rainfall.
Grid Ref: NZ 885040
This is a small area of mixed woodland, perfect for identifying small birds.
A new bird hide and feeding station has been funded and small woodland birds such as the nuthatch, green woodpecker and goldfinch can be seen, usually along with the ever-present grey squirrels.
Crow Wood is free and open all year round. Park at The Moors Centre car park (pay and display charges). All main paths and the bird hide are accessible to wheelchairs. Grid Ref: NZ 885040