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Birds of Harthope Valley, Northumberland National Park

Harthope Valley offers opportunities to study a variety of birds because of the diversity of habitats. On a good day woodland species should include Redstart, Tree Pipit, Wood Warbler and Pied Flycatcher. River and moorland birds like Dipper, Buzzard and Cuckoo are almost certain to be found and Ring Ouzels are a real possibility. The day will start with a steep walk up one of the tributary burns followed by a walk along the valley floor to visit some of the riverine woodland. Meet at 10am in the National Park car park near Middleton Hall, 2.5 miles south of Wooler, grid ref. NT995256 (we will relocate from here to the start of the walk). The outing will last about five hours so please bring a packed lunch, waterproofs and walking boots.