Tyne & Wear

Northumberland reserve to close for year-long restoration

Artist's impression of the visitor centre Image copyright Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Image caption The new building will be a hub for people to watch the reserve's wildlife

A nature reserve in Northumberland is to close for a year for a £400,000 restoration project.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust's Hauxley reserve on Druridge Bay is to close for vital maintenance work and to build the "greenest building in the North East".

A new discovery centre, which will be built from the landscape using locally grown materials, will replace one destroyed in an arson attack in 2010.

The trust says the entire reserve has to close for health and safety reasons.

The project will also restore and recreate habitats in a seven-mile stretch of coastline along Druridge Bay, from Cressell Pond to Foreshore and East Chevington to Linton Lane.

New footpaths will be installed, viewing screens will be created and vital maintenance work will be carried out on existing hides.

The Dynamic Druridge project has been made possible thanks to £417,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The nature reserve closes on Tuesday is expected to reopen in spring 2016.

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