Seaton Common and Dunes Local Nature Reserve

Lying one mile from the coastal town of Seaton Carew, Seaton Common, Seaton Sands and the North Gare are accessed via a tarmac track known as the North Gare Road, east of the A178. The common is a series of small ponds and rough grassland lying to the east of dunes and the North Sea, with the pier forming the northern point of the Tees Estuary.

Seaton Common covers approximately 75 hectares and it is a wet grassland which attracts vast numbers of over wintering migrant birds and as a breeding ground for birds in the summer months. The grazing cattle are vital to the management of the site in keeping down rank grasses which would otherwise render this crucial feeding area unsuitable for many birds, and the numerous dykes maintain water levels essential for wetland plants, amphibians, insects and birds. The Common holds much historical interest including the relics of the once thriving salt industry, ridge and furrow and the old sea wall.

Across the golf course are 32 hectares of Seaton Dunes, one of the largest dune systems between Lindisfarne and the Humber, providing a rich and varied habitat for many plants and animals including Fox and Short-eared Owl.


Seaton Common is located south of Seaton Carew just off the Tees Road. Parking is available at the North Gare Car Park and Seaton Coach Park. The site can be accessed on foot, by cycle or on horseback along Seaton Bridleway from Seaton Carew. The car park leads accross a golf course to Seaton Sands.

Grid Ref: NZ 535 285

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