A wildlife charity has received a £20,000 donation towards improving access at one of its north Northumberland-based nature reserves.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust was given the generous anonymous gift, made through The Community Foundation, for its Hauxley appeal.
It will be used specifically to create a surfaced path along the Willow Carr, which will allow visitor access for the first time through this beautiful section of the reserve and provide fantastic views over the islands on the lake.
The new path is an important step towards the wildlife charity achieving its goal of having a full circular walk around the reserve. The walk will, in turn, go a long way towards enhancing the visitor experience, and the Trust is now planning the installation of fully-accessible screen hides along the route, which will be great for watching wildlife.
Work will begin on this project during autumn 2014, as the area is an important habitat for breeding birds. It is expected that the path will be opened during spring 2015.
Alex Lister, the Trust’s estates officer with responsibility for Hauxley, said: “Needless to say, the £20,000 cash boost put a smile on everybody’s faces pretty quickly when they heard about it, so thank you whoever donated the money – you’ve made a lot of people very happy.”