Overflow work begins at Northumberland nature reserve

Northumberland Wildlife Trust's Hauxley Nature Reserve. Picture by Duncan Hutt.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust's Hauxley Nature Reserve. Picture by Duncan Hutt.

It’s not only St Swithin who will be keeping an eye on the weather today, as work will begin to improve drainage at Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Hauxley nature reserve.

The outlet pipe at the reserve, left behind after former opencast works, has a tendency to get blocked by seaweed and other debris, leading to occasional flooding on the reserve as well as downstream areas.

Northumberland County Council has received funding from the Environment Agency to remove the top from the culvert, thereby allowing any debris to be more easily cleared.

At the same time, Northumberland Wildlife Trust is working with Northumberland Rivers Trust to create additional areas of low-lying land within the reserve’s newly-acquired extension, which will add further areas for wading birds.

Reinstatement of sluices will also increase the capacity to manage the water in the lake, adding further enhancements. This work will also allow the Trust to progress a circular footpath around the reserve.

Work will take up to three weeks and disruption to visitors to the coast at Low Hauxley will be kept to a minimum.