Big works to improve nature area

IMPROVEMENTS have been made to a watercourse in the north west of the borough which aims to benefit local wildlife and reduce the risk of flooding,

Biodiversity work has been completed at the local wildlife site of Little Waters thanks to help by the local community, North Tyneside Council, Seaton Burn Community College and the Living Waterways Project.

Work on the site, on the edge of Seaton Burn, included unblocking silt and excessive vegetation within the tributaries.

The clean-up has helped improve the flow within the burn, improve water quality, and prevent flooding to nearby roads.

Ponds have also been recreated to enhance the biodiversity of the area and to provide another habitat for the local wildlife.

Jackie Hunter, biodiversity officer at the council, said: “The project has been extremely successful. It’s improved an important stretch of watercourse for wildlife as well as it reduces the risk of flooding.

“Residents, community groups, Seaton Burn College and the Living Waterway Project have played a vital role in the project and I must thank them all for their help.”

During the council’s North West Area Forum meetings, residents chose Little Waters as one of the environmental projects to be funded through money allocated to the groups.