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Former mineral site is wildlife winner

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NNBC enjoy a trip to Branton Ponds

NNBC enjoy a trip to Branton Ponds @ NNBC

A new nature and wildlife reserve has opened at Branton in north Northumberland.

The 29 hectare site near Powburn has been officially opened by Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith, MEP Fiona Hall and children and staff from Branton Community First School.

The area used to be a Cemex mineral extraction site but now includes two lakes. On one, there is an island for bird nesting.

Northumberland National Park has donated a hide for use by bird enthusiasts as well as the North Northumberland Bird Club.

More than 140 species of birds and other wildlife have been spotted on the restored site where mineral extraction started in 1996 and has yielded in excess of 1.66 million tonnes of sand and gravel.

Branton Community First School has its own mini-nature reserve and dipping pond. Students will be able to access their area via a special bridge. The mini-reserve has walkways to allow for the viewing of wildlife.

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