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Reclamation Pond

Until recent years, the Reclamation Pond was partially tidal, shallow and had good areas of mud, which made it a good site for roosting ducks, waders and gulls. Water is now maintained at artificially high levels and it now attracts large numbers of wildfowl. In particular, it has become the premier site in the Cleveland for Smew and often holds upwards of 600 Coots. It is also important for Gadwall and Ruddy Duck (although these are currently been culled) and, in recent years, has frequently held both Black-necked and Slavonian Grebes well into the spring.

The future of this important site is, however, uncertain. Although of major ornithological value, Planning Permission was renewed in 2003 by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council for infilling, despite an objection by the Club. Two compensatory pools will be constructed before infilling commences but it is unclear whether these will atone for the loss of this vitally important site.

Access to the Reclamation Pond is by Teesmouth Bird Club membership card/permit.


THE RECLAMATION POND WHEN WATER LEVELS WERE LOW


THE RECLAMATION POND AS IT IS NOW

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