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

Welcome to the May issue of Coastal Views. I do hope that you are all enjoying the sunshine and have had the chance to visit the Northumberland coast. It provides an ideal opportunity to put your photography skills to the test as we are once again launching our competition to find the front cover for the 2018 Visitor Guide.  

The photograph on the cover of our current Visitor Guide was taken by last year's winner, Chris Orange from Surrey. His stunning image of a 'Puffin with its eye closed' was taken on Staple Island whilst he was on holiday during the summer. I hope you will feel inspired to enter this year - we've included details of how you can do so in the article below. 

Charles Baker-Cresswell 
Vice Chairman, Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership

P.S. I am a farmer, so we of course want rain. But then we often want sun in some fields and rain in others - quite hard to arrange. If it stays dry, do not forget to put out water for the birds. 
Photographic Compettion

We are launching our photographic competition to find an image for the front cover of our 2018 Visitor Guide. The competition will run all summer and the closing date is Friday 6th October.

As well as seeing their photograph on the front cover of 50,000 copies of next year's visitor guide, the winner will receive a £150 voucher for Stait Photography in Morpeth. Runners-up will receive a canvas print of their image.

Jane Coltman, Image Manager for Johnston Press Northumberland titles is one of the judges. She said: "It is always a delight to be involved in the process of selecting the cover picture for the Visitor Guide. I love seeing the many and varied ways people express their passion of the Northumberland coast through their photography".  

Entries can be of any subject, but must have been taken in the AONB in 2017 and have a resolution high enough for the image to go on the front cover of our Visitor Guide.

For the competition rules, follow this link.

Stait Photography
Northumberland Gazette
Little Terns
The Northumberland Little Tern Project is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to protect vulnerable birds nesting along the coast this summer. These include the endangered little terns, ringed plovers and oystercatchers, which are collectively known as shorebirds.

In Northumberland, little terns mainly nest on the National Trust Long Nanny site in Beadnell Bay and Natural England's Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve (NNR), which stretches from Budle Bay to Berwick.

Iain Robson from the Northumberland Little Tern project, said: "Volunteers are essential for the protection of our breeding shorebirds. Together with the team of wardens, we need them to talk to beach users about the birds and prevent them from accidentally disturbing them. This makes a huge difference to the breeding success of these small visitors."

"We are looking for passionate nature enthusiasts who enjoy talking to people and spending time along the beautiful Northumberland coast."  

For further information about volunteering, contact Iain Robson on 01670 622660 or at

National Trust
Heritage Skills Festival - 17th and 18th June

The second Peregrini Lindisfarne Heritage Festival will take place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June on Holy Island. 

Over the course of the weekend, there will be exhibitions on project work, guided walks and talks, arts activities and much much more!  The heritage skills programme will also include crab-pot making, pottery-making and firing, wool-preparation, dyeing and spinning, green wood whittling, wood-turning using a pole-lathe, bread-making, metal smithing & jewellery making.

Peregrini Lindisfarne
Heritage Lottery Fund
Open Farm Sunday - Sunday 11th June 

Since the first Open Farm Sunday in 2006, over 1,000 farmers across the UK have opened their gates and welcomed people onto their farm for one Sunday each year. It is a fantastic opportunity for everyone, young and old, to discover at first hand what it means to be a farmer and the fabulous work they do producing our food and managing the countryside.

North Bellshill Farm overlooks the coastline of Lindisfarne and Bamburgh Castle. John and Helen Renner are getting ready to welcome guests between 11am-4pm on Sunday 11th June. Entry is free and there's lots to do: meet the sheep, cows, horses and rabbits; watch demonstrations or enjoy a guided walk with a wildlife expert.   

The Renner's have recently secured a grant from our Sustainable Development Fund to create a farm trail. This will be opened on Open Farm Sunday.

North Bellshill Farm is just off the A1 (13 miles north of Alnwick) on the B6348. The event will be signposted off the A1. 

Open Farm Sunday
Linking Environment And Farming
North Bellshill Farm 
Amble Puffin Festival

Amble Puffin Festival celebrates everything Puffin! Fun and activities in the Friendliest Port at the best time of year to see the Coquet Island puffins, as they prepare to take care of their newly hatched pufflings. This year, the main festival takes place from 27th - 29th May, with the fringe events happening from 30th May - 3rd June. 

The festival will include: craft fair, guided nature walks, bird watching, local history talks, arts and crafts, watersports and live music. There will be events to interest all age groups. Events will be held in a variety of locations throughout the town.

Amble Puffin Festival 
RSPB - Coquet Island
Northumberland Coast Path Diversion
There will be a temporary closure of the Northumberland Coast Path at Alnmouth to enable the repair of Lovers' Walk. There is an obvious diversion through the village so this shouldn't cause any problems.
Coast Path Walks
Why not come and join us when we walk the Northumberland Coast Path this summer? Each Wednesday between 28th June and 2nd August, we will lead a walk along a section of the path - come and do one or all six! Booking is essential.
Journey Planners
A collection of new journey planners are now available to make bus travel easier for visitors to the north Northumberland Coast. The planners have been designed to give visitors all of the information they need to easily explore the area without having to use their car.
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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