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

One of the most popular activities on our coastline is dog walking and as we head into the summer holidays, we are likely to see more dogs on the beaches.  

We are therefore pleased to be part of the new Green Dog Walking Scheme, a campaign which seeks to promote Northumberland as a welcoming place for responsible dog walkers. It emphasises that Northumberland is also not a place that tolerates irresponsible dog owners, whether they are residents or visitors. 

Where you come across livestock, please also put your dog on a lead. Remember if you are threatened by cattle, let go of your dog to let it run to safety. 

There's more information on how you can become involved in the Green Dog Walking Scheme in the article below. 

Cllr Jeff Watson
Chair, Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership 
Green Dog Walking Campaign
Northumberland County Council is introducing the Green Dog Walkers scheme, a community-led programme to reduce dog fouling and promote responsible dog ownership across the county. 

The campaign seeks to promote Northumberland as a welcoming place for responsible dog walkers but to emphasise that Northumberland is also not a place that tolerates irresponsible dog owners, whether they are residents or visitors.

Dog walkers are now being encouraged to join the scheme by signing the Green Dog Walker pledge. Those signing up agree to clean up after their dog always and put the bag in a bin and to use a friendly approach to encourage other dog walkers to do the same. An online pledge form can be found at

The council will also provide a support kit to local community groups and individuals who want to get involved. 

More information on this story can be found on our blog
Coast Care Update

In our last newsletter, we introduced our Coast Care Co-ordinator Tim Morton, Since then two more people have joined the team: 
Laura Shearer as the Training and Conservation Project Assistant (left) and Anna Chouler as the Volunteer Engagement and Communication Officer (right).

The Coast Care aims to create ways for local people to look after it by providing training, expenses and support for people who are able to give a little of their free time. If you are interested in volunteering on the North Northumberland coast, you can send them an emai to with your contact details and a bit about what you would be interested in doing.  

The team are hoping to get a new website up and running soon, but in the meantime, you can follow them on Twitter at @coast_care 
Dig It
Our Sustainable Development Fund has recently granted £1,000 towards a new project at the Bailiffgate Museum in Alnwick.

Dig It is an exhibition to celebrate the fantastic archaeology of the area. The Museum have teamed up with the AONB and National Park to showcase the amazing wealth of archaeology in the area.

There will be an exploration of chronology through a spacial timeline, the development of a series of self-guided walks in both the Coast AONB and the National Park to show case exemplar sites, hands on dig boxes, archaeological detective packs, historic costumes and dressing up, and other archaeological techniques.

The exhibition will open to the public throughout September and October. 

Bailiffgate Museum 
Northumberland National Park
Photographic competition 
There is still time to enter our photography competition this year to find the front cover of our 2018 Visitor Guide.

The summer provides a fantastic opportunity to get out and about and take some winning shots. You can submit up to three photographs each, all of which must have been taken within the Northumberland Coast AONB. Why not take a look at our Flickr page for some inspiration?

The competition rules can be found on our website. The closing date for entries is Friday 6 October 2017. 
Annual Forum
This year, we are hosting our Annual Forum on Friday 29 September 2017 at the Bamburgh Pavilion. It's a little earlier than previous years, so keep the date free in your diaries.
Coast Path Walks Diary
We have been writing a diary of our Coast Path Guided Walks this summer. It is being published each week in the Northumberland Gazette or you can catch up on our blog
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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