Trust goes wild with funding boost to continue vital conservation and nature work

The otter in its rehab pen on the banks of the Hartburn
The otter in its rehab pen on the banks of the Hartburn

An otterly amazing £50,000 cash boost has been handed to a Northumberland nature charity.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust has received the cash from the People’s Postcode Lottery.

The funding will help the trust to continue its valuable conservation work.

One recent project to benefit from such funding was the rehabilitation of a young otter back into the wild.

The creature had been found in the Morpeth area and was taken to the RSPCA’s otter sanctuary in New Forest.

However, it is customary to take an animal back to where it came from so the otter was transported back to Northumberland and placed in a specially constructed pen by the banks of the Hartburn, ready for a phased release.

Funding provided Trust Conservation Officer Kevin O’Hara with the time and resources to build the pen and monitor the otter’s behaviour prior to release.

He said: “I am passionate about otters so this additional £50,000 bonus from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery is absolutely wonderful. It means that small projects, such as the otter in rehab, will be able to go ahead.”

To date, the trust has received a staggering total of £494,940 from the People’s Postcode Lottery.