About Rockwell Local Nature Reserve
This is Darlington’s largest and most popular nature reserve. Located in the heart of Darlington, it has excellent access for visitors including disabled access and a cycle route, which helps this site link the centre of town with the wider countryside. A decade ago this site was restored to its present form by creating new meanders, pool features and new habitat along this stretch of the River Skerne. If you visit Rockwell you may well catch a glimpse of the rare and highly endangered water vole, spot a kingfisher and there is even a chance of seeing the recent return of the otter to Darlington.
The Friends of Rockwell
The Friends of Rockwell set up in 2010 as a community-led initiative through a campaign from a local resident to get areas adjoining the green space cleaned up. The group work in partnership with the Darlington Borough Council Ranger Service and has carried out tree and bulb planting, making bird boxes, and hosted a family bat walks and regularly organises litter picks. This friendly community groups welcome new members to join them in their wildlife activities and projects. An information flyer can be downloaded here Flyer for Rockwell.
Access via Haughton Road or Salters Ave
Contact via facebook or by contacting Darlington's Countryside Ranger, Pippa Smaling
South Park, Darlington DL12 5TG
Tel: 01325 383099
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