The Holy Island of Lindisfarne Community Development Trust

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Lookout on Wild Lindisfarne and Window on Wild Lindisfarne
Lookout on Wild Lindisfarne and Window on Wild Lindisfarne are two buildings creating stunning views and providing information about the island's wildlife. Over a five-year period the Trust worked in partnership with Natural England to create these wonderful facilities that tell the story of how the community works to protect Lindisfarne's natural treasures.
 
The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is a unique natural asset and is internationally important for its impressive biodiversity, which has afforded it the highest levels of conservation protection, including Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Special Protection Area (SPA) and Ramsar site status.
 
Research carried about by Natural England showed that very few amongst the hundreds of thousands of visitors to Holy Island appreciated its environmental importance. Natural England approached the Trust and created an innovative "Higher Level Stewardship Scheme" to develop Lookout and Window on Wild Lindisfarne.
 

Lookout on Wild Lindisfarne
Lookout on Wild Lindisfarne
The Lookout Tower, a familiar Island landmark perched above the village on the outcrop of volcanic rock known as the Heugh, was built for use by the coastguard in the 1940s but had been disused for many years. Now the building has been transformed into a new observation point.
 
www.guardian.co.uk/uk/the-northerner/2012/mar/06/holyisland-coastguardtower-lindisfarne
wwww.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-17270777
www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-news/2012/03/07/coastguards-lookout-tower-on-holy-island-to-be-transformed-61634-30474736/
From its position on top of the heugh, the Lookout Tower's 'glass-room' provides a stunning panorama of Holy Island and a vantage point to see as far afield as The Farne Islands, the Cheviot Hills and the Berwickshire coast. For the first time it will also be possible for people on the Island to get a bird's eye view of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve (NNR).
 
The Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve covers more than 3,500 ha (36 km2) of sand dunes, coastal grassland, saltmarsh and tidal mudflats along the Northumberland coast from Cheswick Black Rocks to Budle Point and is managed by Natural England. The area is important throughout the year for its rare plants and birdlife but many visitors are unaware that Holy Island is at the heart of an internationally significant wildlife site.
 
For more on the design and construction project see the following links:
 
www.fmjdata.com/2012/08/07/royal-visit-marks-uk-launch-of-bird-friendly-glass/
www.rias.org.uk/directory/practices/icosis-architects/new-visitor-facilities-on-lindisfarne/
www.premierconstructionnews.com/2012/08/09/holy-island/
www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19206168
 
Window on Wild Lindisfarne

Window on Wild Lindisfarne
Window on Wild Lindisfarne is a newly built, high quality viewing area and environmental education point overlooking the Rocket Field.
 
The Rocket Field, adjacent to Harbour Road between the village and Lindisfarne Castle, is noted for its variety of wildlife all year round and particularly in autumn and winter when large numbers of wildfowl and waders use the flooded fields.
 
A sympathetically designed building of natural stone with a living turf roof that will merge with the surrounding landscape is planned for the site. It will be a small-scale and multi-use building appropriate to the island that can be used by visitors and the local community.
 
The two sites are closely associated in the history of Holy Island and local people remember that as youngsters they were sometimes called on to run from the Lookout Tower to the Rocket House to raise the alarm to prepare the rockets that would launch a breeches buoy to a stricken vessel.