Rotary Club boost for Hauxley nature reserve

Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre has received a cash boost of £500 from Amble & Warkworth Rotary Club.
Hauxley Amble & Warkworth Rotary Club donation

Alex Lister, Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Druridge Bay Living Landscapes Manger receiving the £500 cheque from Tim Mason, Amble & Warkworth Rotary Club President next to the new Hauxley pond and pond dipping platform. Image by: Jenna Berry.

The money will be spent on new equipment for the wildlife charity’s ‘Dipping in pools with a Net’ activity, which will shortly be starting at a brand new pond on the reserve.

The pond was created in memory of Amble teacher John Almond who had a long association with the Hauxley reserve on Druridge Bay, via the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, so it is fitting that the new equipment will now enable the wildlife charity to offer pond-dipping sessions to local schools, groups and families.

The Hauxley team is keen to dispel the common held belief that pond dipping is exclusively practised by children and it intends to add a pond course to its adult learning program to introduce participants to pond assessment techniques and provide a crash-course in identification of pond macro-invertebrates to species level.

Tim Mason, President of Amble & Warkworth Rotary Club and Hauxley Volunteer Bird Warden says: “I spend a lot of my spare time volunteering on the Hauxley reserve and know just what a wonderful place it is for people of all ages, whatever their knowledge of wildlife.

“I am delighted that the Amble & Warkworth Rotary Club is able to support a reserve which is such an important part of my life.”