Northumberland Wildlife Trust has strengthened its conservation team with the arrival of two students, who have joined the Trust on placement from university for the next six months.
Theo Nickols, 22, is studying for a BSc in environmental science at the University of Nottingham.
Danish-born Bugge Vick, 25, is a student at the University of Copenhagen, where he is studying forest and landscape engineering.
They will be working as volunteer assistant conservation officers and their work will include practical tasks on reserves and helping with the construction of the wildlife charity’s new Wildlife Discovery Centre at Druridge Bay.
They have already started researching the wintering populations of golden plover along the coast from Budle Bay to St Mary’s Lighthouse.
Trust head of conservation Steve Lowe said: “I am delighted to welcome Theo and Bugge to the team.”
He added: “As the next generation of conservation leaders, it is vital that they gain experience with one of the leading conservation organisations in the North East.
“I am sure they will gain valuable experience which they will be able to draw upon in future years.”