What is Hauxley Nature Reserve?
Hauxley Nature Reserve is a gorgeous nature reserve not far from the stunning Amble Links Beach. It is a mosaic of wetlands and woodlands and is filled with all kinds of wonderful wildlife. It makes a wonderful afternoon walk all year round!
Originally, the reserve was part of the Radcliffe open-coast mine but was purchased by the Northumberland Wildlife Trust. The reserve exhibits the amazing forces of nature reclaiming its land. Watch wildlife in its natural habitat from one of the reserve’s 6 hides and let the outside world slip away for a few hours.
The newest addition to the reserve is their eco-friendly Wildlife Discovery Centre. Here, you can pick up a booklet and crayon from The Lookout Café in the centre or take a nosy at the wildlife sightings board in the Reception! Why not visit the centre before your wall and grab a coffee or two from the café to keep you toasty on your stroll?
Wildlife at Hauxley Nature Reserve
As mentioned, the reserve is a peaceful home to lots of wildlife! In summer, stunning butterflies frequent the reserve, attracted by its beautiful wildflowers, such as viper’s bugloss and the northern marsh orchid. Dragonflies and damselflies also buzz around the ponds at the reserve, see if you can spot the flashes of colour darting between the pond reeds!
Hauxley Nature Reserve is also an excellent spot for birdwatching. In total, over 140 species visit the reserve annually. Bird sightings increase around spring and autumn when migratory birds return and begin to nest. Birds spotted at the reserve include:
- Tree sparrows
- And more!
Binoculars can be hired from The Lookout Café. To help look after their wildlife, Hauxley Nature Reserve does not allow dogs other than guide/assistance dogs.
Walks around the reserve
As mentioned, the reserve has a total of 6 hides. 2 of these hides are fully accessible to wheelchair users and can be accessed from another fully accessible trail. The reserve also has a new circular walk which loops around the reserve and makes a beautiful afternoon stroll in the sun. Keep the little ones entertained on your walk by purchasing a booklet and crayon from the Lookout Café to use on the rubbing trail around the reserve!
Features and facilities
The reserve also has lots of awesome features, including:
As mentioned, the reserve has 2 accessible hides and an accessible path leading to them. In tandem with this, the reserve also has accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.