Amongst the dark days of Coronavirus, Northumberland Wildlife Trust received news of an amazing cash boost for its Catch My Drift project at East Chevington.
Thanks to National Lottery players, The National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded the project, based at Druridge Bay, a grant of £415,800 for the second phase of its project and gave staff a million reasons to cheer.
The project, aptly titled ‘Catch my Drift’ is a nod to the reserve’s history as it was once the East Chevington Drift Mine (1882 - 1962) and East Chevington Opencast Coal Site from 1982 - 1994.
The 185-hectare site passed to Northumberland Wildlife Trust in 2003 and now contains lakes, ponds, reed beds, woodland, pasture and arable farming that are homes to nationally significant species such as marsh harrier, red squirrels and great crested news. It is also important to the local communities who use the site as an area for walking and access to the beach and it is estimated (in its current state) 10,000 visitors go onto the site each year.