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The Long Drag

The Long Drag is over a mile long and gives access to some of the best birding sites in the Tees Estuary. The area has changed considerably over the last 20 years or so. It originally formed part of the Seal Sands seawall prior to the wholesale reclamation of Seal Sands during the 1970s but now, instead of looking out over extensive mudflats, it has some of the most extensive reed beds in the Tees area, a series of brackish pools (known as the Long Drag Pools) and an inter-tidal lagoon. Reed Warbler breeds and Bearded Tits are now regular visitors.

The pools and adjacent Brinefields, often have breeding Little Ringed Plovers and are excellent for wildfowl and waders. Recent rare and scarce species have included Great White and Little Egrets, Spotted Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Green-winged Teal and Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. On the landward side of the Long Drag is a large area of scrub and developing woodland, which can for migrants, which have included Golden Oriole and Great Spotted Cuckoo. Access to the Long Drag is either southwards from the Seal Sands hide or northwards from Seal Sands Road off the A178. Park on the slag area at the end of the Long Drag, walk across the railway, up the bank and follow the track, with pools to the left and reed-beds to the right.



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