Conservationists are celebrating the banning of bird shooting at one of the area’s beauty spots, which is soon to open to the public as a nature reserve.
And all but two of the residents of Hauxley parish had signed a petition submitted to Monday afternoon’s meeting of the County National Parks and Countryside Committee, urging that shooting be banned.
The ban on shooting will start when Northumberland County Council leases several miles of foreshore near its Druridge Bay Country Park, from the Crown Estates Commissioners.
Members of the committee agreed to lease the foreshore along the frontage to the country park and extending north to Hauxley Rocks, and also to impose a ban on wild fowl shooting. The reserve is due to open to the public next year.