New coastline to care for in Northumberland

National Trust rangers monitoring the shorebirds at Tughall Mill, Northumberland Coast

Great news- we've acquired 200 acres of land on the Northumberland Coast.

We've just signed on the dotted line and are now the proud custodians of Tughall Mill, near Beadnell. You may have heard of the Long Nanny tern site, which we've looking after for years. It's the UK's largest colony of internationally threatened little terns which is our second rarest seabird. The land we now officially care for encompasses the tern site but also includes some really important wildlife habitats including saltmarsh, woodland, hedgerows, farmland and sand dunes.

We're really excited to be looking after this special place and our rangers will be working to enhance the mosaic of habitats on the land, ensuring nature and wildlife can thrive, for the benefit of future generations.

We were able to secure the land thanks to funding from our Neptune campaign which has enabled us to care for Britain's coastline for more than 50 years.

Simon, our General Manager on the Northumberland Coast told the media:

"As an independent conservation charity, we are passionate about looking after special places for the benefit of people, wildlife and nature. Our investment in Tughall Mill offers a truly unique opportunity to do this. We already care for 12 miles of the Northumberland Coast and our team has considerable expertise in managing the land surrounding Tughall Mill. Now we will be able to take a more joined-up approach and look after the wider landscape helping wildlife and nature flourish, as well as safeguarding the site for future generations.”

Our rangers aim to link up hedgerows to create wildlife corridors as well as improve woodland areas through the removal of non-native invasive species. They will also plant native woodland and hedgerow trees as well as native plant species found in the dunes, including rare calcareous plants such as purple milk vetch and autumn gentian. This work will also allow the seabird colonies, including the little tern, and declining waders such as curlew, lapwing and ringed plover, to flourish.