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

Welcome to the November edition of our e-newsletter, Coastal Views

We recently judged our photographic competition to find the front cover image for the 2019 Visitor Guide. We had over 80 entries this year. The winning entry - Sand beneath my feet - by local photographer Andy Craig, captures the stunning beauty of the Northumberland Coast. You can read more about the photograph in the article below.  

We'd also like to congratulate all the winners at the North East Tourism Awards. The awards play a role in celebrating and showcasing the range of quality tourism businesses that visitors to the North East encounter. Tourism continues to grow and is the biggest employer on the North Northumberland coast. It is important to recognise the importance of tourism to our local economy. Well done everyone!
Jeff Watson
Cllr Jeff Watson
Chair, Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership
'Sand beneath my feet' is winning photograph
This year's winning photograph for the front cover of the 2019 Visitor Guide was taken by Embleton photographer, Andy Craig.

Andy, who has been taking photographs since he was five years old, said: "This photograph summarises what Northumberland means to me. A quiet beach at sunrise with my footprints leaving their trail beside Daisy's paw prints. For the 10 years I have lived on the Northumberland Coast I have walked with my dog beside me. I have seen many such sunrises and I try to find something unique to photograph every day so I can share those moments on my blog. This beautiful, special and fragile coastal environment, that is so well protected by its status as an AONB, is the inspiration for my photography and my songwriting and the title of this photograph "Sand Beneath My Feet" is also the title of one of my songs".    

Heritage at Risk Register Launched
Historic England, the government adviser on the Historic Environment, have launched their annual 'Heritage at Risk' register. The register gives an annual snapshot of England's historic places.

The Heritage at Risk register is now in its 20th year and to mark this, Historic England have published their top 20 picks of sites rescued over the last two decades. The medieval chapel on St Cuthbert's Island, an iconic and historically significant archaeological site on the Northumberland Coast, has been highlighted as one of those conservation successes.

Conservation work to St Cuthbert's Island was undertaken in 2017 as part of the National Lottery funded Peregrini Lindisfarne Landscape Partnership scheme
Terning the Tide

Back in 2013, we began working nationally and regionally with nine other partner organisations on a project to identify the reasons for the decline in little tern populations. The successes of this project were brought together at a conference in Norwich at the beginning of November.

The little tern - one of our rarest and smallest breeding seabirds - nests on open sand and shingle beaches around our coast between May and August each year. Across the UK their numbers have declined by almost a fifth since 2000 due to reduced breeding success and the many threats they are exposed to on our beaches.

Threats to the nesting terns include disturbance from recreational visits to the beach, a lack of suitable food in the sea near nesting sites and extreme weather conditions linked to climate change, causing tidal flooding.

Every autumn we have periods of birds arriving on the Northumberland coast from the continent. One bird in particular makes an amazing journey, the tiny goldcrest. It is the smallest bird in Europe, it breeds across much of Europe, some are fairly sedentary but northern populations in Scandinavia migrate south to escape the hard winter weather. These northern goldcrests can cross the North Sea in large numbers some autumns. The journey across the North Sea must push them very close to their limits and it is not uncommon to find goldcrests completely exhausted hopping around in grass on coastal headlands.
Text and photo: Gary Woodburn
RNLI Volunteers
Leeanne is just one of many dedicated volunteers who is on call to save lives at sea. As a volunteer on the RNLI Seahouses lifeboat, she is prepared to drop everything at a moment's notice. Do you have what it takes to try and give it a go?
Beach Litter Report
A report on a year-long beach litter survey on the Northumberland coast reveals that our beaches are some of the cleanest in the country but plastic waste is still a big issue. More than 800 volunteers have spent over 5,000 hours out on the beaches of the AONB over the last year counting and collecting the litter they find.  
National Cycle Network
The first review of the National Cycle Network finds £7.6 billion in economic and local benefits can be added every year as a result of reduced road congestion and health benefits from increased walking and cycling. 
The wonderful legacies of Hewitson and Tully

Tuesday 04 December, 5.30 - 7.00pm

A chance to view and enjoy rare works of ornithology and entomology donated to the Natural History Society of Northumbria by William Chapman Hewitson (1878) and Harry Tully (1951). Learn more about their work and see examples of some of the beautifully illustrated books they collected.

Booking essential. Free to members. If you are not an NHSN member, we would welcome a suggested donation of £5

Bamburgh Castle Christmas Crafts

Thursday 13 December, 10am - 2.30pm

Create a stunning centrepiece to adorn your Christmas table. Using natural wood as the base for your 'tree', create something as simple or flamboyant as you wish with ornaments created from found and curated objects.

Scrumptious homemade cake provided along with tea, coffee and mulled wine.
Please bring a packed lunch. The session will conclude with a guided tour around Bamburgh Castle in all its festive glory. £60 per person. 

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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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