LAND next to a South Tyneside tourist attraction has been transformed into a haven for wildlife.
South Tyneside Coastal Conservation Group and the National Trust have created a wildlife garden in the grounds of Souter Lighthouse at Whitburn.
The project aims to attract new wildlife, as well as providing a place for youngsters to learn more about nature.
At the weekend, the garden was officially opened to the public by the two groups after nine months’ work.
Dougie Holden, a National Trust assistant ranger for the Leas and Whitburn coastal park, said: “The area had been not quite attended as it should be for a while, and it was suggested that we take it over to create a wildlife garden. The project has been a joint effort between the National Trust and the coastal conservation group.
“I’m absolutely delighted as to how it’s turned out, and the area will only improve over time as things start to grow.”
As many recycled materials as possible were used in the creation of the new garden.
It also contains hedgehog and toad hibernation boxes and a pond with a stream, along with a bird-viewing screen and feeding station.
Rowan trees have been planted, along with guelder roses, to provide food for insects and birds.