Northumberland Wildlife Trust has received £26,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the first stage of its Dynamic Druridge Project.
The money will allow the wildlife charity to further develop its plans for the project, which focuses on the construction of a new visitor centre at its Hauxley reserve to replace the building destroyed in an arson attack in June 2009.
The project also aims to improve habitats at all of its reserves along the Bay: Cresswell Pond, Druridge Pools, East Chevington, Linton Lane and Hauxley.
This development will include working further with Brightblue Studio, the architects appointed for the design of the new visitor centre together with the local community.
The Druridge Bay coastline, which stretches the seven miles from Amble in the north to Lynemouth Bay in the south, is treasured for its beautiful beaches and rolling sand dunes, yet, behind the sweep of beach lies a wonderful legacy of Northumberland’s industrial past.
Some sections of the hinterland have already been restored as wetland nature reserves while other landscapes have changed little since Anglo-Saxon times.
One of the aims of the project is to work closely with the community to help people feel part of the area in which they live.
Steve Lowe, head of conservation at Northumberland Wildlife Trust and leader of the Dynamic Druridge Project, said: “Landscapes play a huge role in all our lives, but we mustn’t take them for granted.
“We are therefore delighted to have been awarded the £26,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund as it will enable us to fine tune our plans for the next stage of the project and enable us to actively involve the communities in shaping the project.”