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Northumberland Wildlife Trust walk marks centenary celebrations

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Big Waters, photo credit: Duncan Hutt

Big Waters, photo credit: Duncan Hutt

Northumberland Wildlife Trust will participate in the national celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of The Wildlife Trusts Movement.

Wildlife Trusts Centenary History

The trust invites everyone to join it for its Centenary History Walk on Saturday May 26, from 11.00am – 3.00pm. This is a guided walk which begins and ends at Weetslade Country Park on the northern edge of Newcastle. It takes in Big Waters Reserve, which was Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s very first nature reserve.

It’s a six-mile-walk and includes a free buffet lunch at Big Waters. It is open to people of all ages. Please note children must be accompanied by an adult. The walk is not suitable for children under the age of five. Book your place in advance – please contact Laura Lowther at the Trust on 0191 284 6884.

Walk at Big Waters Reserve, Tyneside

Big Waters Reserve is Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s oldest reserve. It is on the northern edge of the City of Newcastle actually sits under a flight path to the airport. So it may not seem like the most promising location for a nature reserve but this wildlife oasis is a far cry from the noisy city just to the south. Big Waters is the name of the lake on the site. It was formed through the subsidence of underground mine workings, the largest of its type in the region.

Weetslade Country Park lies partially on the former pit heap of Weetslade Colliery, just north of Gosforth Park. The site is designed to integrate open space, wildlife habitats and recreational facilities. The pit heap is dominant on the local landscape and from the top one can see as far away as the Cheviot Hills and across to the North Sea.

The area is on a strategic wildlife corridor and so is a popular spot for birds such as skylark, grey partridge, bullfinch and lapwing as well as small skipper butterflies, badgers, deer and otter.

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