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