Staff and volunteers from Northumberland Wildlife Trust and Tarmac have been busy planting shrubs at its newest nature reserve,
Broadoak Quarry on the Northern side of the Derwent Valley in County Durham.
The activity will help its resident amphibians. The reserve incorporates two Tarmac sites: Broadoak and Hollings Hill which are located in the River Derwent Valley, adjacent to each other and boasts an impressive array of wildlife and woodland.
The hazel, dog rose, hawthorn and blackthorn shrubs have been planted in one corner of the site adjacent to a number of ponds to create scrub habitat for great crested newts, frogs and toads – regular visitors to the site. The work was the first stage in developments at the site which will see the Trust and Tarmac working together to provide additional access and improve some of the other parts of the site for wildlife.
The Trust and Tarmac jointly manage the site which was presented to the wildlife charity last September this year, to mark its 40th anniversary as a protector of wildlife in Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside.