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

Welcome to the March Edition of 'Coastal Views'

We are delighted to be able to tell you about our new Small Grant Scheme on the Northumberland Coast. Alongside the Coast Care Initiative, we are launching a £5,000 Community Environmental Projects Fund, which will be available from the beginning of April. This exciting new grant scheme will help make a real difference to our area by enabling local community volunteers to make an environmental contribution to their village or parish.  You can find out more information in the article below. 


We also launched our 2018 Visitor Guide at the Alnwick Tourism Fair on 13th March. This year's guide keeps the best of the well-received previous editions but, among other changes, includes a bigger events listing and a section on local food.
 
The Alnwick Tourism Fair was a wonderful showcase of all that is on offer to our visitors. There was a broad range of attractions, experience tours, suppliers and accommodation providers present. It is good to see so many people doing their best to welcome visitors to our beautiful county.

I hope you all have a lovely Easter weekend and manage to get out to enjoy our fantastic coastline!
 
Jeff Watson
 
Cllr Jeff Watson
Chair, Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership
 
 
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Community Environmental Projects Fund

The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership and the Coast Care Initiative are launching a £5,000 Community Environmental Projects Fund, which will be available from April. This exciting new grant scheme will enable local community volunteers to make a contribution to their village or parish. Funding will be available for built environment or environmental projects. It can be used towards the cost of tools or for professional support.

Anyone wanting further information on the grant scheme should contact Catherine Gray, Funding and Communications Officer on tel. 01670 622644 or email catherine.gray@northumberland.gov.uk, or any other member of the Coast Care team www.coast-care.co.uk

 
 
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School pupils have designs on a new seat for Holy Island
Thousands of people walk the Pilgrims Way across the sands to Holy Island every year. Now a new seat which has been designed by pupils of Lowick & Holy Island Church of England First Schools, will provide a resting place for walkers at the end of their trek
 
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Launching our 2018 Visitor Guide at the Alnwick Tourism Fair
The AONB staff had a productive day at the Alnwick Tourism Fair a couple of weeks ago. This event is popular with tourism businesses for collecting leaflets and information for visitors and we gave out 1,000 of our 2018 visitor guides on this one day!
 
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Sanderling (Caldris alba) 
We often see the Sanderling dashing backwards and forwards along the tide, quickly picking up small molluscs and crustaceans as they go. They can swallow bits of sand or shell fragments because of their rushed tide line eating habit, which then needs to be regurgitated. This Sanderling can be seen coughing up such a pellet. 
[Photo credit: Tim Melling]
 
 
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We had a fantastic day on the coast celebrating our 60th anniversary! Two of our guests were AONB Chairman, Cllr Jeff Watson and Cllr Guy Renner-Thompson, who helped us plant 60 hedgerow trees in Bamburgh
 

 
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60th Anniversary Celebrations
 

 
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Our amazing cake was made especially for us by The Farm Bakery. It was cut by our Guest Speaker, John Grundy, Cllr Jeff Watson and previous AONB chair, Pat Scott. We also enjoyed a superb afternoon tea 
 

Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us! This was the beginning of a year-long celebration with further events planned over the summer and autumn.
 
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Lindisfarne History Walk - Sunday 1st April
Local historian and Lindisfarne NNR volunteer, John Woodhurst, will be delving into some of the places and stories that highlight St Cuthbert as Lindisfarne's first nature warden. Meet at the Window on wild Lindisfarne (to the left of the road that leads to the castle). Although this event is geared towards adults, families are welcome. Dogs welcome but must be kept on a lead. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. To book email: annie.ivison@naturalengland.org.uk.
 
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Surveying Butterflies - Thursday 5th April
Join David Stebbings from Butterfly Conservation to learn more about our local species and how to conduct butterfly transects to monitor these beautiful insects. There will be a presentation with Q and A, before a practical session to show how to set up a butterfly transect. 

For more information or to book a place on this training course, please email laura@coast-care.co.uk.
 
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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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