Lionmouth has a wide range of bio diversity being rich bird, animal and fish life including king fishers, otters, deer, trout....
We are surrounded by 7 acres of mixed woodland, bounded to the north by the Deerness Valley Walkway, and to the south by the river Deerness. We worked with the Weir Rivers Trust in putting place a salmon pass and shoring up the banks (as seen on BBC Countryfile March 30th 2014), and with Durham University on monitoring the fish in the river . We have remnants of the Ushaw College Monks bathing pool next to, and fed by the river, as well as several natural springs. An ancient Roman road runs alongside a stretch of the river, from which pottery relics have been found and are lodged in Durham Museum. Our top meadow is classified as an Ancient Meadow due to the wide range of plant and insect life that it supports.
The Salmon pass put in to help fish bypass the weir and travel up the river Deerness. Opened in March 2014 by Ellie from BBC Countryfile (and on the program on 30th March 2014)
The Monks bathing pond was once fully tiled with a row of changing rooms. Today it plays host to frogs, moorhens and herons.