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Marden Quarry Northumberland

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Alan Jack
20 September 2016
In the garden this morning.
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Site Details

A former quarry which has now has a large and deep lake with central islands (where wildfowl breed), surrounded by thick shrub layers. It is a rare area of open space in Whitley Bay, so acts as a natural magnet for birds coming in from the nearby (1 mile) North sea, the number of species that can turn up is therefore surprising(including north american warblers!).

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Additional Site Details


Situated on the southern side of Marden road near the ice rink in central Whitley Bay. The Whitley bay metro (railway) station is also situated nearby, as well as bus routes which pass along this road.


Open to all with no entrance fee, though may be busy when fishing competitions, etc. are taking place (it is a popular local fishing destination!).


A car park for about 30 cars on site and along the nearby access road.

Opening Times

Access is available at all times, unless the gates at the entrance of the quarry are closed (some nights).


Notice boards are positioned in the car park, with no other specialist facilities.

Key Areas / Routes

A circular path goes round the lake which gives excellent views of the large lake, which often hoasts large numbers of wildfowl (inc. drake Smew recently)and occasional rail species. Feral geese and coots, moorhens, mallards, etc. on the lake are tame and can easily be fed. The path is also boarded by shrubs and small trees, which should be checked for passerines (recently found rarities include yellow-rumped warbler, rustic bunting and common rosefinch) and breeding warblers.

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