Nature trail is really wild

Leaflets to guide visitors around the new Lindisfarne Nature Trail will be available from Saturday.

Friday, 15th September 2017, 10:08 am
Updated Wednesday, 13th September 2017, 14:13 pm

A series of eight larger-than-life willow sculptures have been created by local artist and willow sculptor Anna Turnbull with help from 40 volunteers.

The sculptures depict key species of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve, managed by Natural England, and include Brent geese in flight, a creche of two female eider ducks and their chicks and a flowering Lindisfarne helleborine orchid.

A willow short-eared owl on the Lindisfarne nature trail.

The project has been delivered by the Heritage Lottery funded Peregrini Lindisfarne Landscape Partnership, the Northumbria Basketry Group, the Lucker and Bamburgh Basketry Group, the Etal Basketry Group and Natural England. The materials for the sculptures were purchased using a grant from Northumberland County Council’s Community Chest grant scheme.

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Andrew Craggs, senior manager of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve (NNR), said “This project introduces a handful of the huge range of animals, insects and plants found on the reserve in a subtle and engaging way, with the aim of encouraging visitors to the reserve to want to find out more”.

Anna Turnbull, based at Biteabout, near Lowick added: “The idea of the willow sculpture trail was to get people out into the landscape. The trail is a short walk that takes in a variety of different habitats, and only takes about an hour and half to complete.”

The sculptures will be in situ until the end of October.

A willow short-eared owl on the Lindisfarne nature trail.

The sculptures are situated on the Lindisfarne Nature Trail, a circular walk of approximately three miles, that loops from Holy Island village along to the Castle, then follows the former limekiln waggon way to the dunes of The Links. The trail returns to the village via the Straight Lonnen.

Copies of the sculpture trail guide will be available from the Lindisfarne Heritage Centre, Holy Island Post Office, Berwick and Alnwick Visitor Information Centres.