Coquetdale, Wildlife Trust

View of Breamish and Ingram Valley in the Northumberland National Park.
Picture by Jane Coltman
View of Breamish and Ingram Valley in the Northumberland National Park. Picture by Jane Coltman

Discovering nature

The Coquetdale branch of the Wildlife Trust began its 2016-17 season of illustrated talks in Rothbury Jubilee Hall with a wonderful talk by Hugh Tindle on the Breamish Valley.

Hugh has lived in Powburn for the last 30 years and published the monthly newspaper Breamish Nature for many years until November 2014. Hugh based his talk on the last year of his newspaper.

Many of the superb photos of birds, butterflies and mammals were taken from issues of the magazine.

The talk was divided into seasons and covered the area from Beanley, past the two Beanley lakes, across the A697 to the two Branton lakes, down to Ingram and up to Fordham.

The disused railway line near Powburn, which used to run from Alnwick to Cornhill, was also explored as it is not only a lovely place to walk, but much wildlife is to be enjoyed along it due to all the trees and bushes that have grown up.

The lakes on either side of Branton are home to a large variety of birds at different times of the year, including whooper swans, goosanders, lapwings and oystercatchers, as well as Canadian geese and the occasional little egret.

Beside Branton lakes one can see adders in the spring. Up the Breamish there are kingfishers, dippers and otters. Hugh’s enthusiasm and knowledge about the area made the talk extremely interesting to all.

Our next illustrated talk, given by Tim Mason on the wildlife of the Falklands, is on Monday, October 3, at 7.30pm in the Jubilee Hall.