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Northumberland Coast | Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The Newsletter of the Northumberland Coast
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
March 2019

I was delighted to be able to join the AONB team at Alnwick a couple of weeks ago for the launch of our 2019/20 Visitor Guide. It's the eighth edition of this popular publication and this year features a beautiful image of Dunstanburgh Castle at sunrise on its front cover, superbly captured by competition winner Andy Craig.

We've changed the style and format of the guide this year, but it is still full of useful information, great photos and will help visitors make the most of their stay. We've already received some great feedback on the new guide, but we'd really appreciate any more thoughts and comments so that we can continue to improve it year on year. 
Jeff Watson
Cllr Jeff Watson
Chair, Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership
Visitor Guide
We were delighted to launch our Visitor Guide at the Alnwick Tourism Fair in March. It was a very busy day - we gave out over 1,500 copies of the guide to small businesses, accommodation providers and tourist attractions along the coast. Andy Craig, pictured right with Cllr Jeff Watson, was also there with a fabulous canvas of his front cover image. 

The Guide is distributed through A-ha Distribution. If you would like to be added to their mailing list, then please contact them on 0191 267 1220 or e-mail: You can also collect copies from Tourist Information Centres or by contacting the AONB office on 01670 622 644.
Volunteers needed to help vulnerable shorebirds
A partnership of conservation organisations is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to protect and monitor 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. If you are interested in protecting and monitoring terns at the breeding colonies or surveying sections of the coast for ringed plovers please contact Becky at Coast Care on 07813 563047 or email
Photo credit: Richard Dunn
Neal Hill
It is with much sadness that we write about the death of Neal Hill, who passed away on 12th March. Neal served on the AONB Partnership from its inception in 2003.  

Neal was a passionate and dedicated ambassador for boating and marine conservation and bought a great deal of knowledge and experience to the Partnership. He will be greatly missed by the staff team and the Partnership members. 
Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)

The Bar-tailed Godwit is a large, tall wader that breeds in Arctic Scandinavia and Siberia, and migrates here in the thousands, either for the whole winter or en route to wintering grounds further south. Tom Cadwallender captured this image at Boulmer last week, as part of a small flock which will soon be heading the long way north for the breeding season.   

Star tern - trackers reveal epic journeys of Northumberland birds
The epic migration flight of seabirds from Northumberland to Antarctica has been plotted in fascinating detail by North East scientists.

New data from electronic tags retrieved from 47 Arctic terns is being analysed by a Newcastle University-led team, plotting the route and stop-off points during the birds' 90,000km annual migration.
Crossing to Holy Island 
Two people had to abandon their vehicle when it became swamped by the tide on Holy Island causeway last month.

Drivers continue to be caught out by the tide on the causeway. Tide times and flashing warning signs are clearly posted on both the mainland and island.

Tide timetables are also available on various websites. It is essential to check these before you cross to Holy Island. 
Family of AONBs
AONBs are dynamic, living landscapes that underpin the economy and the health and well-being of the UK. They are outstanding landscapes which provide a range of benefits for both people and wildlife. The National Association of AONBs give practical examples of what Partnerships and Conservation Boards are doing to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to take advantage of everything AONBs have to offer - follow the link to find out more. 
Pollinators Event - Monday 8th April
Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve (NNR) are hosting a series of events and activities throughout the year.  

Create crafts and bug hotels in their Pollinators event. It takes place at Window on Wild Lindisfarne (on the left of the road on the way to the castle, opposite the harbour) from 10am to 12pm. More information on 01289 381470.

All events are free. Donations to help care for the reserve are welcome. Please check tides when planning your journey. 
Dawn Chorus Walk - Saturday 13th April
Improve your identification of birds through bird song with the Northumberland Wildlife Trust as you walk around the Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre and learn useful tips on how to remember which of our feathered friends is which.

This is an outdoor event; please wear suitable clothing and footwear. Bring binoculars, a notebook and pen if you have one. Guidebooks provided. This is an adult only workshop. No dogs please. For inquiries about accessibility and how to book, call the centre on 01665 568 324.

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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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