Last Thursday saw Duncan having a tour around Northumberlandia. This large landform sculpture has been created at a surface mine (more commonly known as an opencast mine, but technically they are probably different things) just north of Newcastle. The face has come on well since the previous visit in July, as has much of the other landscaping and shaping. A full explanation of what this is all about is best found on the Northumberlandia web site.
Friday was a bit of a chaotic day leading up to an evening with Chris Packham in the Tyne Theatre in Newcastle as part of Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s 40th anniversary celebrations. The day also saw the ceremonial transfer of a new reserve to the Trust; the reserve at Broadoak Quarry near Ebchester is being passed to the Trust by Tarmac but it will take a while before it is open to the public.
Chris Packham’s talk seemed to be enjoyed by all. It was certainly enjoyed by the Hutt family. Fraser had been recruited to get scales signed for the Living Seas Petition. For more about this petition check out the Wildlife Trusts’ project website.