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Longhirst Wildlife and Community Trust
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For some time Longhirst has been recognised as having a high level of community involvement and initiatives such as the Open Gardens Weekends have engendered a strong sense of local pride.

The Trust is intended to strengthen the community spirit even further.

  • The objective is to involve as many residents (of all ages) as possible in the enhancement of wildlife (animals and habitats) throughout the Parish

  • Involvement is entirely voluntary and no landowner or householder will be pressured to take part

  • The Trust is now a registered charity and led by a Board of Trustees made up of Longhirst residents


The Trust is delighted to announce that, thanks to Mike Elphick’s hard work and the support of the players of the National Lottery, we have been awarded a grant of £10,000 by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This will be used to purchase equipment and fund our activities for the next 12 months


Quarterly newsletters will be circulated through the Parish Database which includes the vast majority of households

Details of forthcoming events will be published in the "latest wildlife news" section of the Home Page


Ongoing and recent Parish wildlife projects:

  • Woodruff Wood 

  • Oliver’s Wood (Anne Atkinson and Ian Pledger)

  • Paddock Wood (Community Woodland)

  • Greyleg partridge breeding (John Bell)

  • Beekeeping (Peter Lovering and Richard Tordoff)

  • Wildlife Open Days (Carol Robson)

  • Red squirrels (4 active members of Morpeth & District Red Squirrels)

  • NWT Volunteers (Pauline Gilbertson and Mo Dewar)

  • Hedgehog Rescue (Richard Tordoff)

  • Bees and bats (St. John’s Parish church)

  • Birdboxes/feeders (across the Parish)

  • Owl boxes and posts


Other partner wildlife organisations:

The Trust intends to work in partnership with the Mid Northumberland U3A Natural History Group (based in Longhirst Village Hall), the Natural History Society of Northumbria, the Northumberland Wildlife Trust and Morpeth and District Red Squirrels.

We would welcome any suggestions for future activities to encourage the community to get involved in the Trust including bird/bat box building, guided walks, presentations and the use of remote trail cameras.


Peter Coates February 2023

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