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

Welcome to the July issue of Coastal Views. I do hope that you are all enjoying the sunshine and have had the chance to visit the Northumberland coast. It provides an ideal opportunity to put your photography skills to the test as we are once again launching our competition to find the front cover for the 2019 Visitor Guide.  

The photograph on the cover of our current Visitor Guide was taken by last year's winner, Ben Wayman from Newcastle. His stunning image of Holy Island Causeway really captured the beauty of the landscape. I hope you will feel inspired to enter this year - we've included details of how you can do so in the article below.
Jeff Watson
Cllr Jeff Watson
Chair, Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership
Photographic Competition
Once again, we are holding a photography competition throughout the summer to find the cover-shot for our 2019 Visitor Guide. 

The winner will not only have their photograph on the front of 50,000 Visitor Guides, but they will also receive £150 worth of vouchers to spend at Stait Photo of Morpeth and Hexham. Stait Photo has kindly provided prizes for highly commended entries.

Photos submitted can be of virtually anything, but to be eligible, the photo must have been taken within the Northumberland Coast AONB in 2018. Images need to be submitted in an electronic format and be of a high enough resolution to be used on the cover of the guide. More advice, previous visitor guide covers and the full set of rules are on our website. 
Iron Age Farming at Hunting Hall
Lowick Heritage Group (LHG) have received a grant from the Sustainable Development Fund to carry out a geophysical survey of the purported Iron Age farming enclosure at Hunting Hall Farm. This is part of an on-going project to establish the original village of Lowick. The money is being used to fund a three day training package from the Bernician Studies Group to equip three LHG volunteers to be able to use the FM256 Fluxgate Gradiometer in their own project fieldwork, to download and process their own data, to interpret at basic level and publish their findings in an appropriate professional format and to archival standard. 
For more information about the project and LHG, contact Julie Gibbs
Pirri Pirri - A prickly problem
Pirri Pirri is a small shrubby plant that forms dense mats which often result in the loss of native plants where it grows. It produces balls of reddish flowers in late spring which ripen into red, barbed fruits, called burrs which turn brown during the summer. It is these burrs which cause the prickly problem. The barbed burrs detach from the plant in mid to late summer onto anything that passes - boot laces, socks, dogs and livestock. 

People can help prevent the further spread of Pirri Pirri by keeping to the main paths through the dunes between June and November. Visitors should also check their shoes, clothing and dogs for seeds, removing them and putting them into a bin

Lindisfarne Helleborine
The Lindisfarne helleborine is found only on Holy Island. The abundance of flowering plants provides a valuable food source for moths, butterflies such as dark green fritillary and ringlet, and other insects.

A new book, Orchid Summer, is a celebration of the beauty and history of the wild orchid species of the British Isles, embraced in one glorious and kaleidoscopic summer-long hunt by naturalist Jon Dunn. 

Photo credit: Natural World Photography
Arriva CrossCountry
The UK boasts some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, the best of which are marked as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

These amazing destinations aren't as remote as you might think; in fact, some of them are easily accessible by train! Whether you're looking for a great destination for a long weekend away or you're going for a longer trip, immerse yourself in the natural beauty which the UK has to offer on a journey with CrossCountry.

England Coast Path
The latest stretch of the England Coast Path has opened, giving walkers uninterrupted access to 44 miles of beautiful coastline between South Bents and Amble and providing a boost for the local economy. Natural England is working to establish a 2,700-mile path around the entire English coastline and work is now under way on all of the route. When completed, it will be the longest continuous coastal walking route in the world. The path between Amble and the borders is due to open in 2020
Woodland Trust
The Woodland Trust give away trees to schools and community groups across the UK every March and November (to coincide with tree-planting season). They are ideal for gardening and nature clubs. They also help to improve your school grounds and encourage more wildlife to your local area. Schools can request packs of 30, 105 or 420 trees containing a mix of native species sourced and grown in the UK. The deadline to apply is 15th August - apply for yours at
Summer Concerts: Traditional music
Andy and Margaret Watchorn are hosting a series of summer concerts featuring traditional music from Northumberland and beyond. There are seven performances planned throughout August and September - a full list of dates and venues can be found on their website: The doors open 45 minutes before each concert. The cost is £8 (pay on the door). Accompanied children under the age of 12 free.  
Women Naturalists of the North East
Kathleen Blackburn was a teacher, scientist and botanist recognised for her work in plant genetics and pollen analysis that helped reveal the history of vegetation especially following the last ice-age. Find out more about Kathleen's life and career through decades of accumulated materials, including rarely seen photos, samples and past articles
Wednesday 15th August, 10am - 1pm, Hancock Library. Booking essential: via NHSN 0191 208 2790
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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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