Whitburn Point's pond life

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Whitburn Point Local Nature Reserve has undergone a transformation in the form of two new ponds and purpose built viewing screens.

Working with the National Trust and other organisations, the Coastal Conservation Group (CCG) wanted to create these new wetland spaces, creating new bird habitats, and giving people the chance to have a better view of the varied bird life on the coast by building a special accessible viewing screen.

The completed project hugely benefits our local wildlife, encourages more and more people to connect with the great outdoors and enables you to take wildlife watching to the next level, by enjoying stunning close views of some of our rarer and seldom seen bird species from one of the purpose built viewing screens.

The two new ponds attract wading birds which feed and roost at high tide. The timber viewing screen overlooks one of the ponds so that you can see the birds without disturbing them by movement.

The nature reserve now has 3 ponds - the original pond to the east has now overgrown with a type of reed called Phragmites. The reeds will be left as they make a good habitat for Reed and Sedge Warblers, nesting Reed Buntings and many water birds.

A bird feeding station has also been developed to the north of the Nature Reserve, and the stone viewing screen overlooks this. The feeding station attracts migrant winter birds, such as Snow, Lapland and Reed Buntings, as well as Twite, Larks and Pipits.

The ponds will also improve the habitat for amphibians and insects in the reserve - and the new viewing areas help you to make the most of your coast by giving you the chance to see and enjoy the life of other creatures

Who are the Coastal Conservation Group?

The Coastal Conservation Group was formed in April 2010 and this small local club of committed volunteers raises funds and carries out tasks to improve the coast of South Tyneside for wildlife. They photograph, monitor and record the rich variety of species, and work closely with us as the organisation which manages this area of coast.

The Group’s pond project has been funded through the Community Spaces programme which is being managed by Groundwork UK as an Award Partner to the Big Lottery Fund. Community Spaces is part of the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces initiative.