Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre is open Tues - Sun, 10:00 - 16:00. We will be closed Mondays until further notice. Trace and Trace details are required from all visitors and face coverings are required whilst inside any of our buildings.
The Lookout café is now open ‘Covid-19 Secure’ and operating with a limited menu (soup, scones, cakes, coffee and tea) indoor waitress service from 10:00 - 16:00.
Our toilets are open to our visitors, masks are required and our bird hides are open although access is limited.
Know before you go
Entry feeThere is no entry fee but all donations are welcome to help with upkeep of the site and facilities.
Parking informationChanges from 1st April 2019. www.nwt.org.uk/parking for more info.
Grazing animalsSheep and cows.
There are good paths leading to all hides and a circular walk around the reserve.
There is an accessible 1km route to 2 accessible hides.
Please note: If using a sat nav, the Centre postcode will take you to Low Hauxley village. Please follow road signs to the Centre from here, we share an access drive with Silver Carrs Caravan Park.
When to visit
Opening timesNote (updated 30/09/2020): From Tuesday 21st July, we will be open six days a week. Opening times are Tues-Sun 10:00 - 16:00. Visitors no longer need to book. The Lookout café is now open with a limited menu (soup, scones, cakes, coffee and tea), adhering to all new safety guidelines including track and trace and table service.
Best time to visitAll year round
About the reserve
The reserve has recently been extensively remodelled and extended, and the latest addition, the new eco-friendly Wildlife Discovery Centre, has been a labour of love constructed by an army of dedicated volunteers. Believe it or not, it really is a straw-bale building and has a number of other highly innovative ‘green’ features that make it an appropriate home for a Wildlife Trust team.
The reserve attracts a wide variety of birds from tree sparrow, reed bunting and bull finch to coot, moorhen and curlew. Spring and autumn boost our bird sightings and we regularly see 140 bird species in a year. You might even see our red squirrels, stoats and otters.
Visitors over the summer will see some fabulous flowers including viper’s bugloss, bloody cranesbill and northern marsh orchid. These attract a large variety of butterflies such as the common blue and wall brown. We also get dragonflies and damselflies on the ponds, including the common hawker and the common darter.
Hauxley Nature Reserve was originally part of Radcliffe open-cast mine but was purchased by Northumberland Wildlife Trust in 1983 and transformed into the haven for wildlife you see today.
There’s lots to do here:
- A new circular walk and 1 fully accessible trail to 2 accessible hides.
- 6 hides, including a members’ only hide, which give you a great opportunity to quietly observe a host of birds
- A wildlife sightings board in Reception which is updated daily, so make sure you add yours!
- There’s a rubbing disc trail – pick up a booklet/crayon from The Lookout Café (cost £1).
- There’s a natural play area, great for under 10s.
- We run family events and activities during school holidays and some weekends– check our ‘Events’ pages or posters around the building.
- The Lookout Café serves a range of snacks and refreshments including delicious cakes, freshly brewed coffee, and our famous scones in a fabulous setting – the views across the lake and the Bay are soul food!
- The shop has gifts and pocket money mementos – it all helps support NWT.
- Volunteering – come and help us in the café, welcoming visitors or carrying out practical conservation. Click here for all the latest roles.
- We've also got a great range of learning opportunities through our adult learning workshops.