Northumberland businessman supports Hauxley reserve

Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre has received a spring surprise in the form of a cheque for £206.97 from online birding site,, the World's largest stockist of new and used bird books, bird song CD's and nature DVDs.
Hauxley cheque

Mike Fielding (left) presenting the donation to Alex Lister (right), Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Druridge Bay Living Landscape Manager. Image by: Jenna Berry.

Owner Mike Fielding donated 55 prizes, including bird books, bird boxes, signed prints, bird seed and bird boxes, for a raffle and tombola, which ran over two weekends earlier this year. 

In addition, Mike, who lives in West Thirston, put the tombola together, labelled all the prizes and even enlisted his wife and daughter to run the stall. He is no stranger to the Hauxley reserve and has hosted Birders Market sales days at the Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre, which have attracted wildlife lovers from across the area.

Handing over the big cheque, Mike Fielding said: “It is lovely to do something positive towards conservation. We have now started to donate surplus book stock to the Trust’s Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre, with items being sold on a ‘pay what you want’ donation basis, hopefully raising further valuable funds.”

Speaking about the generous donation, Alex Lister, Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Druridge Bay Living Landscape Manager said: “We are delighted that Mike took time out from running his own business to selflessly help raise much needed funds for our work here on the reserve - it is very much appreciated and a great example of how local people are supporting our conservation efforts here.”