Take a leisurely afternoon stroll in Portrack Marsh! The marsh is located in Stockton, between the Tees Barrage and the Tees Viaduct. The marsh resides in the centre of urban Teesside and it is infamous for its birds. The reserve is 50 acres in total and is a beautiful afternoon out with the kids.
Wildlife and Notable Spots at Portrack Marsh
As mentioned, Portrack Marsh is home to many different bird species. It makes for a wonderful and reliable bird watching spot all year round. Some of the frequenting birds at Portrack Marsh include;
- Short-eared Owls
- Long-eared Owls
- And more!
153 different bird species have been recorded visiting the reserve. Furthermore, it’s estimated that 90-100 birds visit annually.
The reserve is also home to different insects and has an impressive butterfly population. Across the reserve there are different ponds;
- Mallard Water
- Teal Lake
- Willow Pond
- Darter Ponds
These ponds are home to lots of different bugs, such as dazzling dragonflies and are also home to awesome amphibians. See if you can spot a frog or a newt (or both)!
Not only this, but urban foxes have been seen at Portrack Marsh. Harvest Mice were also introduced into the reserve (the success of this release is currently unknown).
Talpore Inn has free parking. The Inn is just off Whitewater Way after crossing the Tees Barrage. The reserve’s paths are compact aggregate. The North side of the reserve is uneven as it follows what used to be a railway line, which some may find difficult to navigate. Leading from the Talpore Inn to the River Tees is a tarmacked pathway. Additionally, a cycleway accompanies the pathway.
The reserve is mostly flat but there is a moderate slope leading from the Talpore Inn car park. By following the tarmac track leading towards the river, you can avoid the steps which lead on from the gravel trail. The most accessible path is the cycle path flanking the river. It is accessed via the White Water Centre. Some of the paths at Portrack Marsh are quite narrow and require extra care if you have mobility aids. Due to the typical British weather, puddles often form in some areas when it rains. Please wear correct outdoor footwear no matter the weather. So, as tempted as you may be, NO FLIPFLOPS!
The reserve welcomes dogs! However, owners are expected to behave responsibly. This includes picking up after your dog(s) and keeping them on a lead at all times. Unfortunately, there are no dog waste bins at the reserve itself.
Please do not disturb the wildlife.