School of Natural and Environmental Sciences


Coastal Futures and Fragile Habitats: protecting Druridge Bay for the Future

This intergenerational project explores the role school-aged children can play in leading environmental initiatives and contributing their opinions to how local habitats are managed. Pupils from King Edward VI School in Morpeth are leading a survey of fragile coastal sand dunes and associated coastal lagoons at a number of sites in Duridge Bay. Druridge Links have designated Heritage Coast status and are reserves of outstanding wildlife interest. One of the unique features of the project is the way in which it is driven by the pupils. They are providing recommendations for management steps, which staff from the local Merck Sharp and Dohme plant at Cramlington, and from Northumberland Wildlife Trust will implement to contribute to the future preservation of these sites.  This project has been awarded the North East Process Industry Cluster environmental award.