Laying foundations of extended reserve

Hauxley Nature Reserve, photo Duncan Hutt
Hauxley Nature Reserve, photo Duncan Hutt

MOVES to extend a Northumberland nature reserve are making progress, thanks to a £10,000 funding boost.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust has received the award from The Charles Hayward Foundation.

The money will be used alongside other grants and public donations to help the trust to buy 12 acres of farmland next to its Hauxley Nature Reserves at Druridge Bay.

Plans for a new visitor centre are already under way and the trust hopes to offer an even better experience with the extension, including creating a series of circular walking routes, as well as new habitats such as hedgerows, meadows, woodland and wetlands, which will be maintained by a small team of volunteers.

The Hauxley site was previously used as an opencast mine, but was acquired by the trust some 25 years ago and is now a haven for birds, butterflies and meadow flowers.