Brierdene is a small coastal dene, on the northern edge of Whitley Bay,
the site is of ecological significance in the local area.
It has managed to avoid agricultural and urban
development and was probably once wooded, but tree felling and replanting have
occurred in the past.
It covers an area
of over 5 hectares and contains neutral semi-improved grassland and scrub
habitat, which support a variety of flowering and non-flowering plants, birds,
mammals and invertebrates.
of the dene contain one of the best examples of semi natural grassland in North
Tyneside, with small areas of base flush meadows.
The dene is also a locally important site for
coastal migrants, mammals, herb rich banksides and a number of butterfly
It is surrounded by housing on both the
northern and southern sides, and by two roads on its eastern and western
The natural aspect of this site has been retained, even with urban
development.The lower dene is enclosed on its eastern and western sides by two embankments; the Brierdene Burn watercourse enters and leaves the lower dene via culverts in these embankments.Its value in conservation terms is recognised in the desination as a Local Wildlife Site, it was originally designated as an SNCI (Site of Nature Conservation Importance) in Octiber 1992, and is exemplified by the rich diversity of flora and fauna present in the site.
Throughout the year
over 300 recorded trees, wild flowers, grasses and herbs can be seen in the
With over half of these flowering during the spring and summer months.
the Brierdene Wildlife Site
980 different species have been recorded including
species of Plants and Trees, 125 species of Birds, 21 species of Butterfly,
150 species of Moths and Miners, 13 species of Bees, 8 species of Ladybirds,
38 species of Fungi, 121 species of Mosses, Lichens and Liverworts
and 31 species of Spiders
with 152 other species that Creep, Crawl, Swim or Fly