Billingham Beck Valley Country Park
With its colourful meadows, ponds, marsh and woodland, Billingham Beck Valley is one of Stockton Borough's most interesting areas of countryside. Created in 1982 and designated a Local Nature Reserve in 1992 it has 150 acres of mixed habitats - a major wildlife haven in an urban setting, visited by thousands of people.
Regular flooding, in combination with summer hay cropping and grazing has led to a variety of different plants such as Meadowsweet, Flag Iris and Valerian. Orange Tip and Comma butterflies and birds including Snipe, Sedge Warbler and Reed Bunting are all to be found here.
It is a place where people can explore, enjoy and learn about the countryside; the Ranger Service at Billingham Beck Valley Country Park lead themed school groups including pond dipping and mini beasting, habitats and exercises into how plants and animals live. Other regular activities include a range of practical conservation work and environmental monitoring of flora and fauna across the site with the resident wildlife expert.
There is a Visitor Centre with associated parking.
The site is situated just outside of Billingham Town Centre, and adjacent to the A19 giving good transport links to the Teesside area.
Grid Reference: NZ 454 228