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Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Welcome to the August Edition of 'Coastal Views'. 

This month we bring you news about our Annual Forum, which is on Friday 29th September in Bamburgh. We've decided to host it a little bit earlier this year. It's a great opportunity for people who care about our beautiful coastline to come together and help shape the work of the Partnership.

All of the speakers are now confirmed so it's promising to be an enjoyable and productive day. There's a link in the article below where you can book your ticket. We really hope that you will be able to join us there.  

Cllr Jeff Watson
Chair, Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership 
2017 Annual Forum
Registration is now open for our Annual Forum. This year it will be held at Bamburgh Pavilion on Friday 29 September, 9:45am until 3.30pm

We have an exciting range of speakers, including Mark Eaton, Principal Conservation Scientist with the RSPB who will be putting the 'State of Nature Report' into a local context and Phil Dyke, coast and marine advisor from the National Trust, talking to us about the Neptune Coastline Campaign - past, present and future. 

Jeff Watson, Chair of the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership said "It's a marvellous opportunity for those interested in the Northumberland coast to come together and contribute to the work of the Partnership". 

Lunch as well as mid-morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided. Places cost £10 to cover our costs and are limited, so registration is essential.

Register for the Forum
Peregrini Willow Sculptures now in situ on Lindisfarne Nature Trail

A series of eight larger-than-life willow sculptures have taken up residence on points around the Lindisfarne Nature Trail. The sculptures were created by willow sculptor Anna Turnbull with help from 40 volunteers with the Heritage Lottery-funded Peregrini Lindisfarne Landcape Partnership project.

The sculptures depict key species of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve, managed by Natural England, and include Brent Geese in flight, a Short-eared Owl and a flowering Lindisfarne Helleborine Orchid.

The Lindisfarne Nature Trail follows a circular route of approximately three miles from the Window on the Wild building on the road to the Castle, east of Holy Island Village. The sculptures will be in situ until the end of the summer season, after which they will be taken down for winter storage at Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve's headquarters at Beal. They will be re-erected in Spring 2018.

A sculpture trail guide with information about each species featured will be available shortly from the Peregrini website
Tour of Britain 

Scores of communities will get a grandstand view of some of the world's top cyclists when the Tour of Britain travels through the heart of Northumberland on Monday 4 September, covering 117-miles / 211-kilometres.

The race will start at Kielder Water and Forest Park at 10.15am and head out through Bellingham and Otterburn before heading towards the coast via Elsdon, Rothbury, Alnwick, Eglingham, Chatton, Belford and Bamburgh.

It will then head down our stunning coastline passing through the communities of Seahouses, Beadnell, Embleton, Longhoughton, Lesbury, Hipsburn Warkworth and Amble.

Mick Bennett, Race Director of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain said: "We are delighted to be returning to Northumberland this September. Two years ago the reception that the county gave the race was outstanding, so we are looking forward to more of the same this September". 

Could you help out? As a volunteer you will provide information and direction for the spectators and act as the eyes and ears of the stewarding operation, assisting in maintaining the integrity of the route. Find out more here.

Tour of Britian
Coast and Castles
Coast Care Volunteering 
Coast Care are hosting two drop in sessions for volunteers at the Hut, Seahouses Community Centre on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd September. 

It's a chance to meet the team and learn more about Coast Care. There are a variety of roles that you can volunteer for: wildlife surveys, general maintenance, coastal habitat restoration, local history, regular beach walking, beach cleans, administration and photography. 

The two sessions will be very informal - there is no need to book, people can just drop in:
Friday 1st September - 11:00 - 15:00
Saturday 2nd September - 11:00 - 14:00 

For more information, e-mail or call 07816 603953

Coast Care
Heritage Open days 

Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers.

Every year for four days in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It's your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences

There are several places to discover within the AONB: Belford Hall, the Town Hall in Berwick and Scremerston Gun Emplacement at Cocklawburn. Belford Hidden History Museum will also be focusing on Waren Mill and Budle, with photos from the past, learning about the people who lived and worked there as well as the long history of the mill.

Heritage Open Days takes place from Thursday 7th - Sunday 10th September. More information can be found on their website 
Berwick Food and Beer Festival 

Berwick Slow Food Group will be celebrating their 10th Food & Beer Festival during the first weekend of September.

The Festival has grown and developed to become a major event on Berwick's calendar, attracting thousands of visitors, including tourists and locals.

There is something for everyone over the weekend - in addition to over 80 stalls of the finest local produce and local beers, there are cookery demonstrations, information stands, an animal farm, foodie films and live music.

The Slow Food concept started in Italy in the 1960s, linking the pleasure of food with a commitment to the community and the environment. Its aim is to defend regional traditions, good food, gastronomic pleasures and a slow pace of life by invigorating people's interest in food, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us. 

Photo credit: Chronicle Live
Great British Beach Clean
The Great British Beach Clean will take place over the weekend of 15th-18th September. You can find your nearest event by following this link

Or carry out a #2minutebeachclean whenever you go to the beach! 
Dig it!
Delve into 10,000 years of history with a hands-on exhibition exploring the fantastic archaeology of the region at the Bailiffgate Museum in Alnwick from Wednesday 30th August until Sunday 29th October. 
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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