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

This year has proved to be another successful one for the Partnership, with a couple of projects standing out for me: 

The launch of our Coast Care Initiative in the Spring is helping to recruit and train an army of volunteers to look after the North Northumberland Coastal area. There is such a wide variety of roles for people to become involved with, from surveying wildlife, photography and practical conservation tasks. The team, based at Seahouses, are doing a sterling job, having hosted several successful beach cleans over the last couple of months and with many more planned in the New Year. I'm also encouraged by the Young Rangers project starting in the New Year which will give young people the chance to make a difference to their local environment.    

Another memorable project over the last three years has been the Peregrini Lindisfarne Landscape Partnership, which is now coming to an end. The final volunteer conference held last week celebrated all that had been achieved, helping the precious cultural and natural heritage of the area to be appreciated and enjoyed for generations to come.    

You can catch up on both of these projects in previous editions of 'Coastal Views'.

We have much to look forward to in 2018! On behalf of myself and the staff team I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year
Jeff Watson
Cllr Jeff Watson
Chair, Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership
Peregrini Volunteer Conference
The third, and final, volunteer conference for the Peregrini Lindisfarne Landscape Partnership was held last week on Holy Island. Ian Kille from Northumbrian Earth, who managed the Community Geology Project, has written a blog: "Life After Peregrini" which you can read here. 
Christmas Presents
We have a series of guidebooks about the Northumberland coast which would make ideal Christmas presents! The last posting day for guaranteed delivery will be Wednesday 20th December. 
Young Rangers Taster Day
Young Rangers are having a taster day on Saturday 20th January 2018. If you're between 13-19 years old, come along to see if Young Rangers is for you. We will be doing some bush craft skills and bird box building
The UK's favourite bird - with its bright red breast, it is familiar throughout the year and especially at Christmas! Despite their cute appearance, they are aggressively territorial and quick to drive away intruders. 
Moles are a lifesaver to Robins in winter when the ground is frozen as they produce freshly-turned earth for them to forage in.  
Marine Nature Partnership 

The MNP recently held their  annual Management Group meeting in Berwick.

The agenda included an excellent presentation from The National Trust about their marine work and from the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency about their work on addressing diffuse pollution on the Tweed catchment.

At the end of the meeting, they said farewell to their Chair of six years, Tom Cadwallender, and welcomed their new Chair, Dr Jane Delany of Newcastle University. 
Diamond Celebrations

March 2018 marks the 60th anniversary of the designation of the North Northumberland Coast as an AONB.

Throughout the year, we'll be organising a number of celebratory events so everyone can join in to discover more about our beautiful coast and learn how to look after it for future generations. We'll announce more details in the New Year.

The 'designation history' is an  interesting document that outlines the processes and decisions that were made to agree the AONB boundary as it is today. 

Midwinter Concerts

Northumbrian Smallpipes and Fiddle are rounding off the year with two final concerts of traditional music. Enjoy tunes and songs for warming the cold days of winter, featuring a sparkling combination of Northumbrian smallpipes and fiddle, plus Swedish pipes and nyckelharpa.

The first concert takes place on Wednesday 20th December at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, Craster, with a further performance in the Village Hall, Holy Island on Saturday 30th December at 7.00pm. Admission at the door: £8 (accompanied children under 12 free)
Loan Boxes

Educational loan boxes covering different periods of history and containing beautifully crafted replica artefacts are now available to help KS2 students get hands-on experience of that time.

All of the boxes come with booklets that bring the artifacts to life and have lots of ideas for games, projects and learning. Period costumes accompany many of the boxes!    

Boxes can be booked by contacting 
Budle Bay Lay-by

You may have noticed that there's some work going on at Budle Bay. To improve the experience for visitors who use the lay-by, a number of improvements have been identified including resurfacing and the construction of a viewing platform.

The viewing platform will be cantilevered to the edge of the sea wall where visitors can appreciate the views and the wildlife away from the busy road. Interpretation will become part of this platform design and integrate seamlessly into the existing low level kick rail which currently spans the entire length of the lay-by.

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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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