Wildlife Discovery Centre receives cash boost from Coastal Revival Fund

Northumberland Wildlife Trust has landed a share of almost £1million of funding aimed at saving coastal heritage sites for future generations.
Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre - Simon Greener

Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre. Image by: Simon Greener.

The wildlife charity’s Closer to Nature project has been awarded £42,192 from the Government’s Coastal Revival fund for improvements at its Hauxley nature reserve. It is one of 25 projects on the British coast to be awarded the funding.

The funds will be used to upgrade the entrance road and expand the existing car park to help meet the growing visitor demand at its Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre.

Speaking about the funding award for Hauxley, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, MP for Berwick said: “This fund is so useful in giving that vital cash injection to small projects in coastal towns and I am so delighted that my constituency is once more a beneficiary.

“This project in Low Hauxley will help visitors, be they local or further afield, reconnect with nature.”

As the year counts down to 2019, so far in 2018, the reserve has attracted 80,000 visitors and 159 bird and 17 butterfly species have touched down there.

The Coastal Revival Fund, now in its third year, provides grants to coastal heritage sites to fund repairs and restoration.  It also supports large-scale projects, which are important to local communities but have not yet reached their full economic potential or are facing neglect.