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Northumberland Coast | Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
 
CoastalViews
The Newsletter of the Northumberland Coast
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
 
January 2018
 
 
Dear

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and successful 2018. We've had some wintery weather recently on the Northumberland coast, with a sprinkling of snow - something we don't often see! A walk on the beach is certainly bracing at this time of year, but worth it for the big skies and big seas.

March 2018 marks the 60th anniversary of the designation of the North Northumberland Coast as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Throughout the year we are 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. Our first event will take place at the end of March in Bamburgh. I do hope that you will be able to share some of the celebrations with us. 
 
Jeff Watson
 
Cllr Jeff Watson
Chair, Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership
 
 
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Diamond Celebrations
To launch our year of celebrations, we are spending the day on the Coast! On Friday 23rd March, we will be be planting 60 hedgerow trees with guests and volunteers, before afternoon tea and birthday cake. In the evening, we have invited John Grundy, local historian and TV presenter, to join us. He is a passionate enthusiast for the history and architecture of the North East, bringing stories vividly to life with his unique and engaging style. His talk - "Castles to Cowsheds: the extraordinary buildings of the Northumberland Coast" - is perfect for anyone who shares his love of the area. The talk is free of charge and bound to be popular. Book your ticket by clicking the "Learn More" link.  
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Mudlarks
Northumberland Coast AONB has teamed up with Mudlarks Beach Schools in an innovative Sustainable Development Fund pilot project to help support the provision of Beach Schools to local children. Mudlarks are keen to support local schools in utilising the beach as a valuable learning resource. In this pilot project, children from two schools Shilbottle Primary and Hipsburn Primary will spend time on beaches in the AONB exploring and understanding the natural world around them.
 
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Heritage Loan Boxes
We have eight themed heritage education loan boxes available to teachers and educational providers to borrow. They are all compatible with the KS2 curriculum. The loan boxes are a wonderful opportunity to get 'hands-on' experience of our heritage. Being able to handle objects makes history so tangible for children and really fires their imaginations and interest in heritage. The boxes can be booked through Jessica Turner on 01670 622648 or jessica.turner@northumberland.gov.uk
 
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The Penny Men
The penny men have been back at the Stag Rocks in Bamburgh for a couple of months now. Penny men is a local name given to the purple sandpiper (Calidris maritima), a migrant wading bird which spends its winters on the Northumberland coast. They get their 'proper' name from the slight purplish tinge to their grey winter plumage - and you need to see them in the right light to even see that. Hardly an apt name for a predominantly grey bird
Read the full article on our blog
 
 
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DEFRA have launched their 25 year Environmental Plan
this month. The plan forms the culmination of over two years of close work and consultation with environmental bodies. Chairman of the National Association of AONBs, Philip Hygate, said "The National Association welcomes the plan and sees it as an opportunity for AONB Partnerships and conservation Boards to work even more collaboratively with Government to conserve and enhance our outstanding landscapes.

 
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New poles across the Lindisfarne sands
The line of poles marking the walking route to Holy Island have been in place for decades, but recently some of them had gone missing or become loose.  As part of the Peregrini Lindisfarne Landscape Partnership Scheme, the missing poles have been replaced. The Peregrini scheme, which is funded by players of the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) arranged for the missing and loose poles to be replaced.

 
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Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve (NNR) Events
Lindisfarne NNR are planning their busiest event programme ever in 2018. These events will offer more opportunities for reserve staff and volunteers to engage with the public to raise awareness of the wonderful array of habitats and species across Lindisfarne NNR. Events will follow seasonal themes. There will be something for everyone to enjoy including guided history and nature walks. For further information, contact Annie on 01289381470

 
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Seahouses Employment and Volunteering Event
Seahouses Development Trust is holding an inclusive event aimed at both businesses and individuals living or working between Alnwick and Berwick-upon-Tweed. The event, which is free and open to all, will be a chance to speak to a wide range of regional agencies and experts, to seek advice and support for business expansion, make links and contacts for future individual development and see what opportunities are available. It is being held from 3pm -7.30pm, Tuesday 30th January 2018, at The Hub (previously Seahouses Sports Centre), Stone Close, Seahouses. NE68 7YL
 
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Village of the Year - Could it be Bamburgh?
In a country that's home to thousands of wonderful villages, Penelope Keith sets out to discover which UK village will be crowned the best. Along with her team of expert judges, each visit a village to spend time with the characters who populate local village life. They visit quintessentially British village fetes, scarecrow championships and even World War II festivals. They discover the origins of stunning local architecture and reveal curious rural pastimes. Bamburgh village was entered into the competition in 2017.The series is broadcasting on Channel 4 on Mondays throughout February
 
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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.

The Northumberland Coast AONB is part of the AONB Family - the UK's Landscapes for Life
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