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Mystery donor’s surprise boost for wildlife charity will open up access to nature

Alex Lister, Northumberland Wildlife Trust's estates officer in the Willow Carr at Hauxley. Picture by Duncan Hutt

Alex Lister, Northumberland Wildlife Trust's estates officer in the Willow Carr at Hauxley. Picture by Duncan Hutt

An anonymous £20,000 donation has been given to a Northumberland nature site.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust has received the generous gift through The Community Foundation to improve access to its Hauxley Nature Reserve.

The money will be used to create a surfaced path along the Willow Carr section, which will allow visitors to access that part of the reserve for the first time and provide views over the islands on the lake.

Screen hides will also be installed along the route and the conservation charity will continue to manage the woodland to create better habitat for birds and other wildlife.

The new path will be an important step towards the trust’s goal of having a circular walk around the reserve.

Estates Officer Alex Lister said: “Needless to say, the £20,000 cash boost put a smile on everybody’s faces pretty quickly when they heard about it so thank you to whoever donated the money — you’ve made a lot of people very happy.”

Work on the project will not begin until the autumn as the area is an important habitat for breeding birds and the trust needs to ensure nesting has finished to avoid any disturbance.

The path is scheduled to open to the public next spring.

 

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