North East is an environmental charity working
across the North East and Cumbria. We make change
to create better neighbourhoods, build skills
and job prospects and help people live and work
in a greener way.
We are currently working with the Burradon and
Camperdown Forum and Burradon School on an exciting
new project focusing on Burradon Pond.
With the help of North Tyneside’s Biodiversity
Officer, Rachel Flannery we have worked together
to develop a project idea to help increase the
biodiversity at the pond and local awareness of
what wildlife, flora and fauna can be found at
the pond and surrounding area.
We are hoping to raise funding from the National
Lottery’s Your Heritage programme to support
the project which will include:
a wildlife survey at the pond and school with
school children and local residents. This will
help us establish what wildlife is present in
the area and whether the Great Crested Newt is
resident in the pond.
Producing interpretation panels showing illustrations
of and information on the wildlife that can be
found at the pond. School children and local people
can again be involved in this by taking part in
workshops and helping to design the panels and
possible activities for people to do.
Improvements to the pond including possible stone
packing of the shoreline to prevent erosion, introduction
of shoreline and underwater habitats to encourage
more variety of wildlife and greater diversity
of oxygenating plants and creation of a floating
island for wildlife.
Further environmental education at Burradon School
with the introduction of a bird hide and planting
to attract birds and insects and improvements
to the existing pond including a solar powered
pump to keep the pond oxygenated. The school will
also take part in workshops around the wildlife
in their nature garden and at the pond.
Producing an information leaflet about the pond’s
wildlife which can be downloaded.
If you are interested in the project and would
like to lend your support or take part please
Senior Project Officer
Groundwork North East