Summer Walk Report 10 - Low Hauxley Nature Reserve & Beach, 31st July 2012.

On Tuesday 31st July the Nature Reserve at Low Hauxley was the starting point for walk number ten on the Morpeth
Camera Club Summer Programme.
Once part the former Radcliffe Opencast Site, the nature reserve is managed by the Northumberland Wildlife Trust and
the landscaped banks & ponds provide an ideal habitat for the plant and birdlife.
Several hides located around the lake give visitors the chance see or photograph both visiting and breeding birds, but on
our arrival there were very few birds on site.
Members continued through the reserve and walked down to the north end of Druridge Bay, offering excellent views towards
Coquet Island. A very low tide had left the Silver Carr's and Bondi Carr's rocks exposed, with terns & oyster catchers feeding
from the rock pools.
The WW II coastal defence blocks and the rapidly eroding dunes also became subjects to photograph.The colours in the rocks
& stones together with coal deposits on the sands leaving some interesting patterns.
As the skies darkened we returned to the nature reserve where geese, ducks, swans and terns could now be seen around
the lake from the bird hides.The walk back to the car park was timed to perfection as the forecasted rain started just as we
returned to our vehicles. Thank you to those who attended and made the best of a rather dull and cloudy evening.
Davy Bolam.