Northumberland Wildlife Trust

Wilding West Chevington

The project will contribute to the cost of wilding a large piece of land recently purchased near Druridge Bay. It will improve biodiversity, connect an important landscape and use natural processes to combat climate change. It will allow NWT to survey, plan and test wilding initiatives.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 22 April 2022 to 12:00 PM, 29 April 2022

Registered Charity in England and Wales (221819)

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We need to return 30% of land and sea to good condition by 2030 in order to avoid climate breakdown. NWT has recently purchased a large site at West Chevington, near Druridge Bay, which represents a major nature restoration opportunity for the region to transform the future for both wildlife and people. A former open cast mine, the land now needs serious attention to restore biodiversity, improve landscape connectivity and contribute to climate change mitigation.


Wilding and using natural processes to restore health and biodiversity will contribute to the 30 by 30 target. Solutions suitable for lowland Northumberland are natural regeneration of woodland and scrub, more grassland and wetland diversity and restoring depleted farmland. Acquiring the land was the first step and it now needs long-term plans for its transformation which the project will kickstart.

  • We are very excited to see the development of this rewilding project as it helps deliver the protection and restoration of wild land and the enhancement of nature to improve the wellbeing of the region.

    — Anne Reece, Chair of The Reece Foundation

  • This is an amazing opportunity to revitalise a key area of Northumberland's lowlands, restoring nature at scale and delivering multiple benefits for wildlife, people and climate

    — Mike Pratt, Northumberland Wildlife Trust's Chief Executive