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The Newsletter of the Northumberland Coast
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
April 2017

As we approach our busy summer season, I'm delighted to note that we are currently recruiting for the Coast Care Coordinator. This is such a marvellous partnership project between ourselves, the Northumberland Wildlife Trust and Seahouses Development Trust with funding from the Heritage Lottery. I really hope it will become an important mechanism to help keep our coast beautiful for residents and visitors alike - particularly important with increasing visitor numbers and pressure.

The aim of the project is to recruit and train an army of willing volunteers to help look after the North Northumberland Coastal area. Anticipated work tasks vary from beach cleaning to heritage surveys and from monitoring invasive species to practical conservation jobs.

The project coordinator role is not only vital to ensuring Coast Care's success but it represents a wonderful opportunity to work on one of the most beautiful coastal areas in Britain.  

Charles Baker-Cresswell,
Vice-Chairman, Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership
Coast Care Project Coordinator 
Coast Care, our new initiative that will recruit and train an army of volunteers to look after the North Northumberland Coastal area, is now looking to appoint a full time project coordinator.

Based in Seahouses and working on the beautiful Northumberland coast the coordinator will be recruiting and coordinating volunteers to work on a wide range of conservation and community projects.

The project coordinator will manage a small staff team from the Seahouses base in the heart of the Coast Care area. The coordinator will need to be passionate about the area and conserving its natural beauty, wildlife and historic features. We are looking for a 'people person' - a natural communicator who will be working with a huge range of people including volunteers, farmers and land managers, statutory agencies and community groups.

Anybody interested in applying for the Coast Care coordinator position should download the applicant's pack from the Northumberland Wildlife Trust Website. 

Heritage Lottery Fund
Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Seahouses Development Trust
Accessing Aidan

Over the last two years we've been working closely with Bamburgh Heritage Trust to develop a community and interpretation space in the crypt of St Aidan's Church in Bamburgh to tell the unique story of Bamburgh.

We are delighted to announce that our recent submission to Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has been successful and we have been awarded a development grant to get the 'Accessing Aidan' project ready to deliver.

The central message will concentrate on the Bowl Hole Ossuary, created last year in the small second crypt. The crypt is the last resting place of the people who lived in Bamburgh 1,400 years ago, when Bamburgh was the cosmopolitan centre of the Golden Age of Northumbria. Just like today, people lived and worked in the spectacular coastal village or travelled from far and wide to visit and enjoy its treasures. 

Sam Morton, chairman of Bamburgh Heritage Trust, said: "We are thrilled with our lottery award. This will enable us to showcase Bamburgh's fantastic heritage in an innovative and exciting way. We will be working in partnership with Bamburgh Research Project, Durham University, Bamburgh Castle and St Aidan's Church to provide amazing insight into the lives of our Anglo-Saxon ancestors".

Bamburgh Heritage Trust
Heritage Lottery Fund
Bus Information Sheets
Our Sustainable Development Fund has provided funding to enable the North Northumberland Tourism Association (NNTA) to produce specific journey planners for visitors. They will be unveiled on our Bus Familiarisation Day on Wednesday 26 April.

There will be a journey planner for each of the major towns and villages in the north of the County and these will be available free-of-charge to accommodation businesses and to download from websites. 

Bus Familiarisation Day
Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority Surveys

Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NIFCA) is responsible for monitoring fishing activity from the River Tyne to the English/ Scottish Border out to 6 nautical miles and up to the normal tidal limit (NTL) of estuaries. NIFCA also have a responsibility to ensure fishing activities do not have a significant impact on Marine Protected Areas within the NIFCA district.

In order to gather data to assist with monitoring and the evaluation of management measures, NIFCA have conducted a variety of surveys within the vicinity of the Northumberland Coast AONB throughout 2016-17.

In March 2017 NIFCA completed a year-long survey on small fish populations within Beadnell Bay and the Long Nanny River. The survey was conducted using a seine net and the data collected will be used to determine if the sites are important nursery grounds for various fish species such as Turbot and will also form part of a national project accessing food availability for the Little Terns at the Long Nanny Little Tern breeding site. 

You can read about the other NIFCA surveys on our blog

Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority
Northumberland Coast Path Walks
We're once more offering the chance to walk the Northumberland Coast Path this summer with the path originator, Iain Robson.

Each Wednesday between 28th June and 2nd August, Iain will lead a walk along a section of the path in the company of a coastal expert - maybe a botanist, geologist, ranger or birdwatcher. You can choose to do one section or them all, it's up to you.

The start time for each section coincides with the arrival of a bus and we will return to our starting point by bus. With fantastic ticket deals available, why not leave the car at home and use the bus to join us?

Details of each of the stages can be found below. The walks are all free but you will need your bus fare. We have given brief public transport information, but you can plan your journey at

Booking is essential. You can book by phone on 01670 622660 or by email to

Northumberland Coast Path
Newcastle Poetry Festival
Join poet Lisa Matthews and visual artist Melanie Ashby in an elegy inspired by the Northumberland coastline, as part of the Newcastle Poetry Festival. Lisa and Melanie received a grant from our SDF as part of their Year in Beadnell Project. 
Village of The Year
This summer, Penelope Keith and her team of judges will be visiting villages across the UK to determine a winner, with a £10,000 prize for the village up for grabs. All of the details on the show and "How to apply" are on the website  The closing date for nominations is Sunday 14th May 2017.  
Northumberland Coast
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The Northumberland Coast AONB was designated in 1958 and covers 39 miles of coast from Berwick to the Coquet estuary. Within this stretch of coastline is some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in the country.

The Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership is responsible for making sure that this landscape is conserved and enhanced now and for future generations.
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