To create a connected mosaic of habitats and ultimately a thriving and ecologically robust landscape that is well used by local people and visitors.
A 132 km2 coastal strip from Newbiggin-by-the-Sea in the South to Amble in the North, bounded to the west by the east coast mainline.
What’s it like?
A unique mosaic of both terrestrial and marine wildlife habitats, farmland, industry and populated areas with a prominent mining past.
Who/what lives there?
The Bay is internationally renowned for its birdlife and has large areas of wildlife habitat on land and sea protected under European and UK law. The coast and seas support populations of eider duck and breeding terns. There are regular sightings of both grey seal and porpoise throughout the year, and also white-beaked dolphin in the summer months. Many overwintering birds such as red-throated diver can be found along the shoreline. The area is home to nationally significant species such as marsh harrier, bittern and avocet. Other important species include otters, red squirrels and great crested newts and many species of invertebrate. The variety of wildlife is an important resource to local communities and also attracts many visitors.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust manages 6 nature reserves in the area:
How are we achieving this vision?
It is likely that the effects of climate change, coastal erosion and land-use will result in the irrecoverable loss of both habitats and species within this landscape. Through the recreation, restoration and reconnection of the area’s natural heritage, species will be able to move between sites and adapt to changes in the environment. We are constructing a long-term plan to safeguard, grow and promote our nature reserves, building partnerships with other land managers, development and planning authorities. Local communities and visitors will be able to learn about, enjoy, experience and reconnect with nature.
Current partnership project focuses include:
- Dynamic Druridge – Construction of a new straw bale visitor facility at our Hauxley reserve providing a focus for wildlife watching, education and engagement and acting as a gateway to Druridge Bay’s wildlife experience. Earth works to create new and improved habitats, introduction of conservation grazing and new tree and hedgerow planting.