Charity buys nationally important nature site

Cresswell pond. Picture by DUNCAN HUTT.
Cresswell pond. Picture by DUNCAN HUTT.

AN important Northumberland nature site has been sold to an environmental charity – for the grand total of £1.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust has taken on the freehold of Cresswell Pond from Rio Tinto Alcan.

The land is a haven for otters and breeding birds, and its saline lagoon is nationally recognised as a Site of Specific Scientific Interest.

In 2011 two avocet chicks hatched there, making them the UK’s most northerly pair.

The site, which is immediately north of Cresswell Village, has been under the control of Alcan Farms since 1973.

The wildlife trust will be discussing the management of the area with the Crown Estates, which has bought the rest of the estate linked to Rio Tinto’s former aluminium smelter in Lynemouth and will have a leasehold interest in the pond for the duration of a Higher Lever Stewardship scheme.