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

Welcome to the May edition of Coastal Views, the e-newsletter for the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership. We hope that it won't be the last one that comes your way …

We've all received numerous emails about GDPR in the last few weeks, asking us to opt-in to remain in touch. I hope that if there's only one email that you reply to, then it's this one! We've made it simple by creating a link in the article below that lets you re-subscribe to Coastal Views - we really do want to keep you up to date with all our news, projects and opportunities.

The farmland of the Northumberland Coast is really important for many species of birds and other wildlife. We're delighted that William Watson-Armstrong has written a blog for us about his most photographed field - the Moor field - which lies under the shadow of Bamburgh Castle and how he is managing it for wildlife through the Countryside Stewardship Scheme.

Jeff Watson
Cllr Jeff Watson
Chair, Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership
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Car-free Itineraries 
As part of efforts to get visitors to the Northumberland Coast to have more car-free days, we've republished our public transport itinerary planners for seven of the main towns and villages on the coast.

They're all available to download from our website as A4 pdfs. If you are working in tourism, they are ideal for holiday cottage welcome packs or bedroom browsers. Please download them and make them available for your guests alongside your bus timetables.
The blog post tells you more...

Holy Island Visitor Guide
You're spoilt for choice if you're looking for a book on Holy Island. A quick trawl of the internet brings up books on its history, religious significance and wildlife. However, there doesn't seem to be a catch-all book - one that binds everything together. Until now.

"Holy Island - A Visitors Guide" is an attractive 72-page guide to the Island that has been written by local author, Ian Kerr. For anyone planning a visit - or with an interest in the island - this book will be an invaluable guide to appreciating the unique landscape and this special place.
Landscapes for Life Conference
L4L2018 will take place at the University of Kent, Canterbury from 24-26th July. With a theme of "Shaping the Long View", you will be able to network with fellow professionals during three days of informed, enthused and energised discussion about the value of landscape management. Book now.
(Photo credit: Gavin Duthie)
The Moor Field
The Watson-Armstrong family farm in the shadow of Bamburgh Castle.  

William Watson-Armstrong has written a blog post especially for Coastal Views to tell us about their most photographed field - The Moor Field - and how it is benefiting wildlife.
(Photo credit:
William Watson-Armstrong)
Wild Northumberland 
Two years ago, the North Northumberland Tourism Association (NNTA) released a series of short films celebrating the beauty of the wildlife and landscapes of north Northumberland. It's 
worth reminding ourselves what's so special about North Northumberland in Spring and Summer by watching it again. 
(Photo credit:
Cain Scrimgeour)
Spittal Gala
9th - 10th June
Some say that Spittal Gala has its historical roots in the local fishing industry, particularly salmon. However, local Galas throughout the North East had their origins in the coal mining industry. The Gala remains an event that is suited for families, with events for all ages.

On Saturday, there is 5-a-side football events in the School field. On Sunday, it is the Gala with the procession and activities on the grassed area at the south end of the Promenade.
(photo credit: Alan Thompson)
Amble Puffin Festival
26th - 28th May
Amble Puffin Festival celebrates everything Puffin! Fun and activities in the Friendliest Port at the best time of year to see the Coquet Island puffins, as they prepare to take care of their newly hatched pufflings. 

The festival will include: craft fair, guided nature walks, bird watching, local history talks, arts and crafts, watersports and live music. There will be events to interest all age groups. Events will be held in a variety of locations throughout the town.
(photo credit: Amble Puffin Festival)
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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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