Druridge Bay

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Coordinates: 55°16′44″N 1°34′01″W / 55.279°N 1.56708°W / 55.279; -1.56708

Druridge Bay
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Druridge Bay
Druridge Bay is located in Northumberland
Druridge Bay
Druridge Bay
 Druridge Bay shown within Northumberland
OS grid reference NZ276984
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Druridge Bay is a 7 miles (11 km) long coastal bay in Northumberland, England, stretching from Amble in the north to Cresswell in the south.

Northumberland Coast Country Park is situated within the bay, and part of the bay (the section near the farm-steading of Druridge, in the centre of the bay) is owned by the National Trust. Areas within the bay are set aside as nature reserves. Druridge Bay is also a delightful spot for naturists.

During the Second World War defences were constructed around Druridge Bay as a part of British anti-invasion preparations of World War II. The defences included scaffolding barriers and anti-tank blocks overlooked by pillboxes and behind these were minefields and an anti-tank ditch.[1]

The bay was the focus of a long-running campaign against a proposal to construct a Pressurised Water Reactor nuclear power station during the 1980s and the large scale extraction of sand from the area in the 1990s. The campaign, along with changes in UK Government policy on nuclear power, prevented the power station from being built, and the plan was shelved for the time being in 1989. Northumberland Wildlife Trust purchased the sand extraction site from RMC Group in 2006, the shore is known for populations of birds including the Golden Plover and the Purple Sandpiper.

The land was retained by Nuclear Electric and in February 1996 was allocated to the NDA/BNFL.[2]

In November 1996 the NDA/BNFL sold the land to farmers. [3]

Druridge Bay is best known to birdwatchers for hosting, in 1998, the Druridge Bay curlew, a controversial bird which was eventually accepted as the first record of Slender-billed Curlew for Britain, although this identification is still disputed by some.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Foot, 2006, p199.
  2. ^ "parliament told site to allocated to NDA/BNFL". Retrieved 2011-11-30. 
  3. ^ "site sold to farmers in Nov 96". Retrieved 2011-11-30. 

General references[edit]

  • Foot, William (2006). Beaches, fields, streets, and hills ... the anti-invasion landscapes of England, 1940. Council for British Archaeology. ISBN 1-902771-53-2. 

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