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

As we approach the end of the year, thoughts have turned towards the 2018/19 Visitor Guide. The Team have started working on this superb guide, now in its sixth year. For those of you who don't know, it's a 48 page full-colour glossy newspaper that includes lots of information on things to do and places to go on the Northumberland coast. It features information about attractions, wildlife, heritage, walking, cycling, local food and events, all illustrated with stunning photography. 

We print 50,000 copies, which will be made available free of charge from accommodation providers, attractions and tourist information centres. We hope that many businesses will take the opportunity to advertise with us - our previous guides have been very well received and many visitors now use it as their 'go-to' point of reference! There's details of how to advertise with us in the article below. 
Jeff Watson
Cllr Jeff Watson
Chair, Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership
Visitor Guide Advertising

We have a reputation for producing high-quality, attractive publications and this visitor guide will be of the same high standard.

Advertising rates are very competitive. You can either provide your own artwork or we can design it for you at very competitive rates. To discuss your advertising requirements contact:

Mike Jones - Command Print Ltd
T: 01665 713 899 E:

The deadline for placing and paying for your advert is Friday 26th January 2018.

Lifeboat House Opening
The Old Lifeboat House on Holy Island has been restored and officially opened. It has been restored with the support of Heritage Lottery Funding and now contains interpretation telling the story of lifeboat rescues. The local community have been integral in telling stories of family member involvement and have contributed hundred of hours in researching and writing up the information.
Image: Jane Coltman
AONB Family
AONBs are dynamic, living landscapes that underpin the economy and the health and wellbeing of the UK. They are outstanding landscapes which provide a range of benefits for both people and wildlife.

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The Farne Islands are home to thousands of grey seals (also known as Atlantic seals), and each autumn hundreds of pups are born here. So far this year, over 1,400 seal pups have been born.

The outer Farne Islands and Coquet Island provide important haul out areas all year round. Please do not attempt to get close to the seals. Despite their friendly appearance, they are wild animals and can easily be disturbed. This is particularly important if you have dogs with you.  
Volunteer surveyors wanted to count litter on beaches
Litter on the beach is a growing problem across the globe but is the problem getting worse here in Northumberland? Our year-long litter-surveying project aims to find out how big a problem beach litter is and where it all comes from and we need some volunteers to help us. The project is delivered by our volunteering initiative, Coast Care.
Environmental Records Information Centre (ERIC) North East works with wildlife recorders and groups to collate, manage and improve access to the biological records of the region. It is a resource that helps organisations and individuals to make decisions about the natural environment of the North East, and improves knowledge about the species and habitats that can be found there
Image: ERIC
Howick Arboretum was opened in 2006 and covers about 65 acres. Virtually all of it has been grown from seed collected in the wild since 1985. There are about 12,500 trees and shrubs from about 1,800 taxa planted in six geographical groups. Ninety percent of the trees planted have scientific field collection data. Our SDF has recently funded a project to load this data onto a specifically designed database.
Image: Howick Hall
Bamburgh Lights
Bamburgh's Annual Switch On of the Christmas lights will take place on Sunday 25th November - commencing with a service at St Aidan's Church at 5.30pm followed by the official switch on at 6.15pm. A skiff, being built by Bamburgh and Beadnell Rowing Club, will also be unveiled on the same evening.
Image: Bamburgh Parish Council
National Tree Week
First initiated in 1975, National Tree week, which takes place from 27th November to 3rd December, is the UK's largest tree celebration annually launching the start of the winter tree planting season. National Tree Week is a great chance for communities to do something positive for their local treescape. 
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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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