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Northumberland Coast | Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The Newsletter of the Northumberland Coast
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
April 2018

It's seven years since we launched our e-newsletter. It's a fantastic way of keeping you up to date with news and views within the AONB; it's distributed to over 1,800 people every month. However, with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law coming into force next month, we need to make sure that you are still happy for us to contact you. The article below gives you more information on how to help us stay in touch.    

We were delighted to hear that two local businesses were successful in the Visit England "Awards for Excellence" earlier this month. Laverock Law Cottages won gold in the Sustainable Tourism Category, whilst Seafield Caravan Park came away with silver for the best Holiday Park/Village. Another great day for Tourism in Northumberland! 

Jeff Watson
Cllr Jeff Watson
Chair, Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership
Hop aboard the Holy Island Shuttle

A new bus service will now provide a daily connection between Holy Island and the mainland. As well as running the new Lindisfarne Hopper service from Haggerston Castle to Holy Island, Berwick firm Woody's Taxis will also operate the popular Castle Shuttle between the Island's main car park and Lindisfarne Castle.

Iain Robson, who chairs the Holy Island Partnership said: "We urge everyone working in the tourism industry to promote this new service to their customers. A personal recommendation combined with the provision of accurate information are the best ways to encourage visitors to get out of their cars and onto the bus".

Volunteers needed to help with rare seabirds
The Northumberland Little Tern Project is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to protect vulnerable birds nesting along the coast this summer.  These include the endangered little terns, arctic terns and ringed plovers, which are collectively known as shorebirds.

Little terns spend their winter on the west coast of Africa and return to our coastline at the end of April. These rare birds lays eggs on the beach and are very susceptible to human disturbance, as well as predation and high tides, which can wash away their nests.

New EU Data Protection Laws
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Pirri Pirri Bur
Pirri Pirri Bur, a native of New Zealand, was first recorded on Holy Island in the early 1900s and is found throughout the dune system. It can be a problem as the burs cling to clothing and dogs. Please keep to designated routes and existing desire lines to minimise contact with the burs (seed heads) and ensure burs are not transported. 

Wooden blocks being washed ashore along the North East coast have turned out to be part of the efforts to confront the widespread plastic pollution of the seas, reports Tony Henderson.

The blocks, measuring five by four inches, are inscribed with data that identifies each "drifter" and gives details to people on how to report their find to Oldenburg University in Germany.

The university has released tens of thousands of the blocks into the sea in a bid to plot the dispersal patterns of plastic waste.

In Northumberland blocks have been found at locations such as Ross Sands and Lindisfarne. 


After a rather long winter it finally looks like fine weather is here and as the underwater visibility settles the opportunities to witness some of this outstanding natural beauty increase. Dr Ben Burville has been fortunate to have spent hundreds of hours underwater with seals, birds and dolphins off the Northumberland coast.

As a Visiting Researcher at Newcastle University in the department for marine biology he is researching one of the most abundant dolphins in the North Sea, but this dolphin is one that most people have never heard of - the white beaked dolphin.


The Newcastle Poetry Festival is extremely proud to host Waves and Bones, a commission sponsored by the AONB, which will be launched on Friday 4 May at Northern Stage.  

On a very bright but windy day in late February, a group of poets visited sites on the Northumbrian Coast to be inspired by relics and stories of pilgrimage. After gathering the poems, a video and photography collage was created. The responses sensitively draw on various aspects of the coast:  there are poems about burial tokens, cemetery bowls, the Lindisfarne gospels, and much more. 

The event is free of charge.
Anya Gallaccio at Lindisfarne Castle
Anya Gallaccio, world renowned artist, will create a new artwork in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at Lindisfarne Castle from Saturday 5th May.

Anya is known for her use of organic material and plans to create a landscape of colour using a combination of beautifully crafted wooden structures and naturally dyed blankets. The colours will take their inspiration from Gertrude Jekyll's walled garden in the castle's grounds and the shades of the blankets will subtly change over time due to the sunlight shining through the windows of the castle.
Northumberland Day - 27th May 2018
Northumberland Day 2018 will take place on Sunday 27th May, the day before the Northumberland County Show and will again be part of a fortnight of activities, events, celebrations and school's initiatives.  It will also continue to encompass the hugely popular 'Northumbie' Awards.  

Its ethos is to generate pride in everything Northumbrian, past and present, from culture, heritage and arts and crafts, to food and drink, landscape and sporting and community life.

Find out how to take part here.
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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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