South of Seaton Carew, in the Seal Sands area, there is some wonderful birdwatching adventures to be had. The place to look for on the map is Saltholme Marshes. Soon there is to be a multi-million pound bird reserve to be opened here, with facilties for everyone, including children and the disabled. The plans are really exciting and deserve the support of all with any interest in birds. Currently the birdlife is incredible. Any season of the year your likely to find tens of species here and even a half hour with your binoculars or scope will turn up a rarity of some kind or other. Interestingly, the reason for such a richness of avian life is industry - the area is essentially one of the UK's most heavily industrialised chemical and petroleum areas - Teesport close by is the second largest port in Europe in terms of volume handled. Because of this the area is untouched (bar the pipes and infrastructure of the industry of course).
The Ghost Ships
South of Seaton on the road to Port clarence, just beyond the roundabout where you turn to the nuclear power station, you can get a good view of the ghost ships. These were brought across from America several years ago for dismantling and have remained in tact while legal wranglings have gone on over whether the asbestos contained in them might not be a danger to public health. Everything has been cleared now and they will be taken apart shortly - so make the most of the oppertunity and catch them!
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