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Northumberland Coast | Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The Newsletter of the Northumberland Coast
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
September 2017

On 7 September, Natural England announced the designation of the Northumberland Marine Special Protection Area, providing greater protection for Northumberland's fantastic seabird colonies. The designation, which was welcomed by Environment Minister Therese Coffey MP applies to a large area of sea used for feeding by the colonies of terns, guillemots and puffins that nest on the coast, the Farne Islands and Coquet Island. Special Protection Area is a designation applied to areas of international importance for birds and is welcome recognition of the importance of the Northumberland coast and its inshore waters, emphasising the need to do all we can to protect our precious coastline.

Cllr Jeffrey Watson
Chair, Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership
Increased Protection for Northumberland's Seabirds
Internationally important seabird colonies on the Northumberland coast and on the Farne Islands and Coquet Island have received extra protection through the designation of the Northumberland Marine Special Protection Area (SPA)
And Breathe ...! 

What happens at Bamburgh Castle once all the visitors have gone home? Director Chris Calvert tells us what the team will be doing over the winter months to improve the visitor experience in 2018. 
Advertise in our 2018 Visitor Guide
Once again, we will be producing 50,000 guides packed full of information for visitors. To find out about our very attractive advertising rates, contact Mike Jones at Command Print Ltd on 01665 713899 or e-mail Mike

Photography Competition
The closing date for our competition to find the front cover image of the 2018 Visitor Guide is Friday 6 October 2017. You can submit up to three entries. Images must be taken within the AONB. Read Terms and Conditions here.  
Laverock Law Beach Clean
Guests at Laverock Law have been carrying out a number of beach cleans whilst on holiday in Northumberland. Owner Harvest Harris-Jones said "I set up a beach clean bag for each cottage with two pairs of gloves in and a bag for the rubbish. We have had a very positive response ... we have had 10 beach cleans".  

National Update
Northumberland Coast AONB is part of the AONB family. Find out what all the other AONBs have been up to over the last month.
Howick Film Nights
The first Howick International Film Festival takes place from 13-15th October. They are showing four films from around the world over the weekend. There is no need to book in advance - just turn up.  It's a very relaxed and informal evening and new visitors are made most welcome. Plenty of free parking is available. 
New Look Newsletter
Coastal Views e-newsletter has been given an update! It is now responsive to all media so should be much easier to read from your phone or tablet. Let us know what you think. 

Annual Forum
There's still time to register for our Annual Forum - if you're quick! It's on Friday 29 September - that's tomorrow - at Bamburgh Pavilion from 9.45am - 3.30pm

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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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