Gabions for new Northumberland wildlife centre

Gabion filling at Hauxley. Picture by Alex Lister
Gabion filling at Hauxley. Picture by Alex Lister

Northumberland Wildlife Trust is making the most of the warm weather to forge ahead with the construction of the new Wildlife Discovery Centre at one of its reserves in north Northumberland.

The centre, at its Hauxley nature reserve, is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Dynamic Druridge project.

The groundworks and foundations for the centre were completed at the end of May by Amble-based contractor GL Groundworks and project architects and main contractor, North Shields-based Brightblue Studio.

The arrival of June now sees an army of Trust volunteers constructing, and filling, more than 150 gabion baskets. More commonly spotted stabilising riverbanks, the baskets, measuring one metre by 0.5 metres and which have been filled with stones from Howick Quarry, will form part of the building’s foundations and act as plinths for the walls, which will be built using straw bales.

The entire Hauxley nature reserve is now closed to visitors until summer 2016 as it is classed as a construction site, however, there will an open day on Sunday, July 12, between 10am and 4pm, for anybody wishing to see at first hand the progress with wildlife charity is making with the construction of its new building.

You can follow the build’s progress at