Herrington Hill Nature Reserve

Herrington Hill

An extensive area of magnesian limestone grassland with all the classic indicator species that define this internationally rare plant community.

Location

Herrington Hill Nature Reserve
West Herrington
DH4 4NP

OS Map Reference

OS Map: 308
A static map of Herrington Hill

Know before you go

Size
7 hectares

Access

Terrain
Difficult due to steep slopes.

Access & Parking
There is open access to DWT members but there are no defined footpaths and very steep slopes. There are currently no formal parking arrangements but visitors should take care parking on the roadside to the north of the reserve.

Dogs
Welcome but must always be kept on a lead due to grazing animals on site.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

All the time

Best time to visit

Summer

About the reserve

One of the few remnants of very rare primary species rich magnesian limestone grasslands in the country.

An extensive area of magnesian limestone grassland with all the classic indicator species that define this internationally rare plant community.

Blue moor grass is the dominant grass with common rock rose, carline thistle, wild thyme, burnet saxifrage, felwort, restharrow and sea plantain which is more commonly associated with the coast.

The grassland is rich in invertebrates and meadow brown and common blue butterflies are abundant during the summer months.

There are stands of dense gorse and hawthorn scrub invading the western slope which does provide nesting cover for linnet, yellowhammer and common whitethroat.

Contact us

Durham Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 0191 584 3112
Contact email: mail@durhamwt.co.uk