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Hauxley

A former open cast mine, which was landscaped to produce a lake and islands by the Northumberland Wildlife Trust in the 1980’s, transforming the site into a flagship nature reserve.  The site has recently undergone some major restoration and improvements, which include a new ‘Wildlife Discovery Centre’.  Here you can enjoy tasty cakes, hot and cold sandwiches and drinks at the ‘Lookout Cafe’; whilst experiencing panoramic views.  Whilst in the Discovery Centre you can birdwatch from a sheltered environment.  Great for those rainy days! or family days out!

Hauxley nature reserve is now open again.

Hauxley is free to the public to visit.
Opening Times:  April to September 10 am – 5 pm
* October to March 10 am – 4 pm
* Members only from 9-10 am

Have you visited the fabulous new Discovery Centre yet?

 


The reserve is located along the Northumberland coast, to the north of Druridge Bay Country Park, East Chevington, Druridge Pools and Cresswell Pond and to the south of Amble.

Photo to the left
A Water Rail
at Hauxley
by Chris Barlow
in 2013

There are a good selection of unlocked hides spread out around the reserve and visitors can now enjoy a relaxing circular walk.

The site is home to a wide selection of warblers in the summer months and waders and wildfowl during the autumn/winter.  As the reserve is adjacent to the coastline species such as Red-breasted Merganser, Long-tailed Duck and a wide selection of Terns, which can include Roseate Tern, from the nearby Coquet Island ; or even Little or Black Terns on the rare occasion can be recorded.

 

Photo to the right
at Hauxley
A Ring-necked Duck
by Alan Curry
in March 2017

 

Recent highlights have included a Ring-necked Duck in March 2017, a Spotted Sandpiper in August 2016 and a Greater Yellowlegs and Grey Phalarope in November 2011.

 

Photo to the left
A Greater Yellowlegs and a Grey Phalarope
at Hauxley
by T J Tams
in November 2011

 

Little Egrets can at times be found, together with Great White Egrets and Spoonbills on the rare occasion.

Photo to the right
A Spoonbill
at Hauxley
by Adriana Buskin
in May 2013

There is a small feeding station, which is also a great viewpoint in the spring/summer to observe warblers such as Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. Migrants can also often be found in the shrubs and trees around the reserve, especially in the spring and autumn and birds such as Yellow-browed Warbler or Red-backed Shrike can be noted on the rare occasion.

The Northumberland Wildlife Trust have listed Hauxley as a dog-free nature reserve because their research indicates that even the presence of dogs disturbs wildlife. For more information, please visit the NWT site at click here.

Join the NWT Hauxley wildlife group
There is a new Hauxley Wildlife group.  They meet once a month for walks, talks, workshops and social activities. For more information please visit www.nwt.org.uk or you can enquire when you arrive at Hauxley reserve reception.