Have Your Own ‘Spring Watch’ in Alston

The hills are alive with the sounds of Curlews, Lapwings, Oyster Catchers and Golden Plovers returning to the moors to make their nests and raise their young! From early March The North Pennines is a superb place for seeing these spectacular birds in abundance.

Base yourself at Alston Youth Hostel and you can walk directly from the hostel to see the birds in the nearby fields and moorland. We know the best spots and you don’t even need binoculars! Or take a leisurely walk along the South Tyne River and spot Dippers and Herons! You may also catch sight of the rare Black Grouse which are frequent visitors to the moors. At night time we frequently hear the call of owls that hunt in the trees surrounding the hostel. And of course, Alston Moor will be soon be awash with lambs and daffodils so come and have your own real life Spring Watch!

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