Digging in to help wildlife

Jo Collins (right) from friends of Teesmouth, Seaton Dunes and Common with fellow members and volunteers as they set about removing Rushes from a watercourse. Picture by FRANK REID
Jo Collins (right) from friends of Teesmouth, Seaton Dunes and Common with fellow members and volunteers as they set about removing Rushes from a watercourse. Picture by FRANK REID

VOLUNTEERS made a difference for the wildlife on their doorstep when they joined conservationists in an hands-on activity.

The Friends of Teesmouth, Seaton Common and Dunes group teamed up with Natural England workers to create a home for wildlife

They were joined by non-members of the group who answered an appeal for help from wildlife enthusiasts.

Jo Collins, Natural England community outreach adviser, said: “It was a really good day considering the weather, which was tipping down.

“We were digging and pulling up bull rush form one of the water courses on the common. It made an open area for amphibians, mainly toads, but also newts and frogs.

“It needs doing in a few areas a few times a year otherwise the area would silt up and become land.

“The roots are a mass underground and the amphibians like a bit of space to swim and spawn.”

The Friends of Teesmouth, Seaton Common and Dunes group formed earlier this year to help manage the area with Natural England.

They also work alongside Hartlepool Borough Council who manage the area which stretches from the sand dunes at North Gare in Seaton Carew to Seal Sands.

The area is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including various species of wading birds, amphibians and wild flowers.

Jo said similar task days are expected to be held during the winter but probably not before January.

The Friends are also looking for more people to join their ranks and aid their work.

They meet at Seaton Carew Library on Station Lane on the third Monday of the month with the next one being on Monday, December 3.

It takes place from 5pm to 6pm and everyone is welcome.

“The more we get on board the merrier,” said Jo.

If you are interested in joining the group, contact Jo on (01429) 853325 or email Joannah.Collins@
naturalengland.org.uk