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A marvel of its age

Opened in 1871 Souter remains an iconic beacon. Hooped in red and white and standing proud on the coastline midway between the Tyne and the Wear. Souter is a special place all year round and was the first lighthouse in the world designed and built to be powered by electricity.

To the north The Leas is a two and a half mile stretch of magnesian limestone cliffs, wave-cut foreshore and coastal grassland. The cliffs and rock stacks of Marsden Bay are home to nesting Kittiwakes, Fulmar, Cormorants, Shags and Guillemots. South of the lighthouse is Whitburn Coastal Park and Nature Reserve – reclaimed colliery land, now a haven for wildlife.

The Big Count 2015

On 1 January National Trust Rangers, Coastal Conservation Group volunteers and conservation organisations started a yearlong wildlife survey along The Leas and Whitburn Coastal Park.

Ranger Rambles

Dust off your walking boots and join us for a walk along The Leas and Marsden Circular.

May half term

Get your craft on and join us for some great activities this May half term. Construct and fly a kite, design a t-shirt and make a working lighthouse.

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Ranger blog

Check out what our Rangers and Coastal Conservation Group members have been busy with - they've got their very own blog.