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Sugley Dene

Narrow and steep sided, this wooded dene links the Tyne Valley countryside to other local Wildlife Corridors.

A hidden part of Lemington, Sugley Dene is bordered to the north by the actual site of Hadrianís Wall, now the A69 road, and to the south by the Hadrianís Way national trail and cycleway.

The woodland is semi-natural and ancient and with the Sugley Burn trickling through its centre, provides a haven for a variety of wildlife.

Beech trees dominate the northern end. At the southern end you will find ash, oak and hazel trees.

Sugley Dene - ash, oak and hazel trees

Ash, oak and hazel trees allow light through to the many plants that provide food for a variety of insects.

In Spring, opposite-leaved golden saxifrage carpets the shady stream banks along with a variety of liverworts, whilst the white wood anemone, the yellow lesser celandine, the native bluebell and the pungent wild garlic create a blaze of colour. In Summer, the yellow wood avens, pink foxgloves and herb robert continue the colourful scene.

A boardwalk takes you through the heart of the dene, where it is possible to observe the many birds, such as blackbird, blue tits, great tits, robins and wren. Small mammals and bats have also been recorded here.

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