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Newonstead, Great Bavington

Maiden Pink, Colwell © Lydia Koelmans

Sunday 9 July 10.30am – mid afternoon

Join Naomi Waite, Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s grassland expert under the lottery-funded Save our Magnificent Meadows project, on a visit to this classic whin grassland site (neutral grasslands on the Whin Sill are a Northumberland speciality).

Star species are maiden pink Dianthus deltoides and common rock-rose Helianthemum nummularium, but depending on early season weather there may also be some of the spring annuals for which the habitat is well-known.

Meet at Newonstead farm (NY 974798). To ease parking pressure at the site, lifts are available from Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s office at St Nicholas Park, Gosforth at 9.30 am, but please contact Naomi first (limited seats) on 0191 284 6884. Bring lunch.