Early gift for reserve’s reds

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Christmas has come early for the red squirrels on a north Northumberland nature reserve, thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The resident squirrels which hang around in the trees at Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Hauxley reserve at Druridge Bay now have new squirrel feeders and enough bags of squirrel mix to feed them through the winter, thanks to the charity lottery’s players.

A red squirrel at Hauxley Nature Reserve. Picture by Tim Mason

A red squirrel at Hauxley Nature Reserve. Picture by Tim Mason

Hauxley volunteer and keen photographer Tim Mason, from Amble, has spent many hours patiently waiting with his camera and has managed to capture some great shots of the redheads.

Alex Lister, Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Druridge Bay estates officer, said: “Funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery gets spent on projects of all sizes at the Trust and very often it is the small projects which can bring the most enjoyment – the squirrels visiting the feeders on the reserve are certainly bringing some early festive joy to visitors to the Hauxley reserve.”

Meanwhile, after the chaos of Black Friday then Cyber Monday, the Trust is urging members of the public to support #GivingTuesday, a global campaign that encourages people to give their time, money and voice to charity, as it comes to the UK for the first time today.

First launched in the USA in 2012 by 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, #GivingTuesday falls directly after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The aim of the day is for everybody to give something back and do one charitable act in the run-up to Christmas, while at the same time, showing the world why it’s good to give.

So, whether it’s making a donation, volunteering your time, supporting its Adopt an Animal campaign or just spreading the word about its conservation work in the region, Northumberland Wildlife Trust would really value your support.