Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s planning application for a new visitor centre at its Hauxley nature reserve has now been submitted.
The scheme is available to view online on the Northumberland County Council website and available for members of the public to comment on.
The wildlife charity has appointed North Shields-based Brightblue Studio to design the new visitor centre, which will replace the previous building burnt down in an arson attack in June 2010.
Demolition of the old building took place earlier this year, delayed slightly by great-crested newts and a pair of breeding barn owls, who liked the place so much, they nested there for two consecutive years.
Barn-owl boxes also had to be installed, before the demolition, which proved popular with the birds.
In other news, the Trust’s HauxleyDruridge Bay nature reserve has received a cash boost from The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust.
The £4,000 towards the Hauxley Land Appeal takes the current total to £89,000 – £14,000 over the £75,000 target.
The Trust is now in the process of purchasing 12 acres of farmland adjacent to its Hauxley reserve, thereby allowing it to turn it into an exceptional place to watch wildlife.
The £4,000 will be spent on progressing works needed on site to restore the farmland to an area rich in wildlife and accessible to the public.
Visit www.nwt.org.uk for more information.