Birds make the most of an empty reserve

While some may be disappointed that Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Hauxley nature reserve on Druridge Bay is closed until next summer, wildlife on the reserve is thriving, thanks to the peace and quiet.

Since the 1980s, a team of volunteers has recorded the number of birds visiting the reserve every weekday and, last year, a total of 165 different species of bird visited compared to 163 in 2013.

Already, however, volunteers have noticed an increase in the number of birds venturing into the public areas of the reserve.