Making the most of the peace and quiet

A willow warbler at Hauxley. Picture by Tim Mason.
A willow warbler at Hauxley. Picture by Tim Mason.

Whilst members of the public may be disappointed that Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Hauxley nature reserve on Druridge Bay is closed until next summer due to the building of the wildlife discovery centre, wildlife on the reserve is thriving thanks to the peace and quiet.

Volunteers have noticed an increase in the number of birds venturing into to the public areas of the reserve, including a willow warbler nesting three feet away from the path, a wren nesting in one of the bird hides and moorhens nesting on the edge of the car park.

Red squirrels are frequent visitors and otters can often be seen out of the water.

This reinforces the trust’s constant message that wildlife is easily disturbed by humans and dogs and dog owners must not allow their animals to run around unsupervised on its reserves.