Grant award will help wildlife work

Cresswell Pond.
Cresswell Pond.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust has received almost £30,000 from the Banks Community Fund for habitat improvement work on three of its reserves in the region.

Big Waters, Linton Lane and Cresswell Pond will all benefit from the funding and it is envisaged that much of the work will be undertaken by the trust’s estates team, local volunteers and warden groups.

At its Big Waters reserve on the outskirts of Newcastle, the trust will carry out a programme of work to benefit the wildlife and provide the means by which visitors can see it.

The immature trees on the site currently have few places for bird nesting so bird boxes are to be installed to assist species such as the tree sparrow.

And the trust said the installation of a new small pond will be of particular use to dragonflies and great-crested newts.

At the wildlife charity’s Linton Lane reserve, the woodland is now mature enough to require particular management including the thinning and removal of a number of trees and opening up of woodland edge habitat, as it is valuable for the wet woodland plant species as well as woodland edge butterflies.

Work at the wildlife charity’s Cresswell Pond reserves will start later this year where a team of staff and volunteers will install a new access point across the footpath to the viewing hide and build a small bridge over the Blakemoor Burn, both of which are required to help move livestock around the site to ensure appropriate levels of grazing.