LAND next to a Wearside tourist attraction has been transformed into a haven for wildlife.
A wildlife garden has been created 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 Whitburn coastal park, said: “The area had not been 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.
South Tyneside Coastal Conservation Group worked with the National Trust to create the garden.