Cow Plantation

Local nature reserve, Cow Plantation is an area of 19th century woodland, though there is little evidence to suggests where the name came from.


Understood that sections of the plantation were used as refuse tips before World War 2, it now boasts mature woodland, blanketing the reserve, containing oak, ash, beech, elm, sycamore and birch. The dense woodland is filled with thickets of black-thorn, elder, holly, hawthorn, dog rose and bramble, and an important habitat for a huge variety of birds.

Several grassland meadows intersect the habitat, providing wildflower habitation. Species include; betony, bird’s-foot-trefoil, common dog violet, common spotted orchid, creeping buttercup, cuckoo flower, devils-bit scabious, dog rose, greater stitchwort and honeysuckle, with several butterfly species recorded in the spring and summer.


The site has surfaced and un-surfaced footpaths and visitors should wear sturdy footwear.

Access & Parking

Main access is from Durham Road.

Postcode: DL16 6RE.

Both entrances have disabled access kissing gates operated using a RADAR key

Public Transport

The nearest bus stop is Durham Road.


Welcome, but on leads at all times.

What to look out for:

  • Birds: house sparrow, robin, wren, blackbird, blue, great, coal and long-tailed tits, great and lesser spotted woodpecker, treecreeper, jay and nuthatch.

  • Butterflies: peacock, meadow brown, ringlet, large and small whites, green-veined white, red admiral, comma, speckled-wood and small skipper butterflies.

Help to protect wildlife:

  • Take litter home

  • Don’t pick flowers or damage trees

  • No shooting

  • Keep to the paths

  • No fires

  • No Motorcycles

  • No horses

  • Clean up after your dog

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