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Dormans Pool

This is one of the most important sites in the North Tees area.  Formerly brackish, it is now essentially an area of shallow, open, freshwater marsh and reed bed and has muddy edges suitable for waders. Current lack of water management results in levels varying from year to year and this variation does affect its attractiveness to wading birds.  In September 2002, the Club officially opened its new Jeff Youngs Hide at Dormans Pool and subsequently constructed a car park and half-kilometre-long disabled access, assisted by sponsorship from the RSPB, Teesside Environmental Trust, English Nature and Huntsman Tioxide.  Members of the Club have access to the hide using a key, copies of which can be purchased at low cost from the Hon Secretary, Chris Sharp (tel: 01429 865163).  The number of birds seen Dormans Pool is high and it is probably the best place in Cleveland to see a wide selection of ducks, especially Pintail and Gadwall. Passage waders and wintering wildfowl form the greatest part of the birding interest but the number of rare species seen here is impressive and includes Semipalmated Sandpiper, several White-rumped Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Ross’s Gull, Great White Egret and many others.

Access to this site is by Teesmouth Bird Club membership card.

Jeff Youngs Hide, Dormans Pool

Spring, Dormans Pool

Winter, Dormans Pool

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