Beauty spot beach is partly fenced off for bird colonies

Ringed Plover at Druridge Bay. Picture by Richard Dunn.
Ringed Plover at Druridge Bay. Picture by Richard Dunn.

Part of a coastal beauty spot has been fenced off to protect nesting birds.

Northumberland County Council has teamed up with conservation groups to undertake the project on a stretch of Druridge Bay.

An area the size of a football pitch, close to Druridge Bay Country Park, on the eight-mile beach has been closed to people and dogs to encourage shorebirds to colonise and successfully fledge their young.

The fencing has been funded by the Northumberland and Tyneside Bird Club to try to protect species such as ringed plovers, oystercatchers and terns.

Chairman Martin Davidson said: “This part of Druridge Bay should be an ideal nesting area for shorebirds, such as plovers and terns, but they won’t nest here if they are regularly disturbed by people and dogs.

“Druridge Bay is eight miles long so we believe there is enough room for people and wildlife to share the beach.”

Druridge Bay is eight miles long so we believe there is enough room for people and wildlife to share the beach.

Martin Davidson, Chairman Northumberland and Tyneside Bird Club

The project follows similar measures at Beadnell and Lindisfarne.

Council Countryside and Green Spaces Manager Mike Jeffrey said: “We have fenced off an area of foreshore about the size of a football pitch on Druridge Bay and the fence will be in place during the summer months when birds return to the shore to nest.

“The area will be regularly monitored by volunteers, who will be checking how successful we have been in attracting birds.

“We are very grateful to Northumberland and Tyneside Bird Club and to the Northumberland Little Tern Project for their support.”

Visitors are asked to keep their dogs well away from the fenced area.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the project should call at the visitor centre in Druridge Bay Country Park, or phone 01670 760968.