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

The last couple of months have seen two 'firsts' for me as the new Chair of the AONB Partnership. At the end of September, I was able to chair our Annual Forum in Bamburgh. It is always a thought provoking day with plenty opportunity to network. Looking at the feedback we've received, I'm pleased to report that it has been a success - especially the very amusing Wilson's Tales Performance! We had a range of expert speakers on a wide variety of topics related to the work of the Partnership. We also heard from the staff team as they looked back at the many achievements and challenges from the past year and looked forward to an exciting year ahead.  

Last week, I also had the pleasure of being on the judging panel to choose the photograph that will become the front cover image for the 2018 Visitor Guide. It was a difficult decision as there were some superb entries. You can read about our final choice in the article below.

Jeff Watson
Cllr Jeff Watson
Chair, Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership
Photographic Competition Winner announced 
This year's winner is Ben Wayman with his stunning image of Pilgrims Way. 

Jane Coltman, who is the Deputy Images Editor at Johnston Press North of Tyne and one of judges said, "Yet again, I was so impressed with the entry of images in this competition. The AONB celebrates our wonderful coast and the photographs we looked at reflected this so well. The winning picture is of an iconic place in Northumberland and the photographer's skill combined with the glorious light has produced a superb image"
Craster is one of the Prettiest Fishing Villages
Craster has been named as one of the 10 prettiest fishing villages in Britain by BBC Countryfile Magazine.
Photo: Dave Smith
Bronze Age Burial Cist found near Rock
Whilst tramlining a field to help drainage, a farmer dislodged the large cap stone of a Bronze Age Burial cist
Photo: Jessica Turner
Cattle on Holy Island
Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve have 30 cattle grazing the dunes over the autumn and winter. The cattle open up the sward and help to manage non-native species such as piri-piri through trampling and grazing. They will be on the reserve until Christmas.
Photo: Lindisfarne NNR
A new report published this month links volunteering in nature with better mental health
Photo: Coast Care

Work is well underway on the England Coast Path. Natural England expects to complete work in 2020.
Photo: Iain Robson
The Woodland Trust have thousands of free tree packs available to community groups and schools 
Photo: WTML
Local Environment Action Fund (LEAF) Endowment Challenge
Are you passionate about environmental issues in Northumberland? Do you know somebody who would like to help with this challenge?
Peregrini Volunteering Conference - Date for your diary
Saturday 9 December - The conference will look back over the last three years to showcase the work completed across the landscape partnership area
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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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