A wildlife organisation is celebrating after being awarded £24,000 from the People’s Postcode Lottery.
The early Christmas present went to the Northumberland Wildlife Trust.
It means the organisation has received a total of £494,940 to date through the support of people playing the lottery each week.
The funding has helped the trust to continue its campaigning against the pilot cull of badgers and adding its objections to major planning applications to protect the endangered crayfish in a number of rivers.
And for the past five years, the cash has supported the trust’s Hauxley reserve.
This funding allows a small team of dedicated volunteer wardens carry out a daily bird count to establish a picture of bird populations throughout the Druridge Bay area.
Team members also staff the visitor centre, monitor visitor numbers and provide information about wildlife watching opportunities.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust estates officer Alex Lister said: “We are very lucky we have two fabulous teams of volunteers here at Druridge Bay, which coupled with the generous funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery, makes my job a heck of a lot easier.
“The £24,000 cash boost is fantastic and the support of the players is invaluable to us as the trust works tirelessly to ensure wildlife has a place in people’s hearts for future generations.”