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Your chance to capture the front cover image for our 2018 Visitor Guide

Your chance to capture the front cover image for our 2018 Visitor Guide

· By Catherine Gray

We've launched our photographic competition this week to find the front cover of our 2018 Visitor Guide. Could you take the winning image?

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New journey planners make bus travel easy for visitors

New journey planners make bus travel easy for visitors

· By Iain Robson

A collection of new journey planners are now available to make bus travel easier for visitors to the north Northumberland Coast. The planners have been designed to give visitors all of the information they need to easily explore the area without having to use their car.

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Come and walk the Northumberland Coast Path with us

Come and walk the Northumberland Coast Path with us

· By Catherine Gray

Why not come and join us when we walk the Northumberland Coast Path this summer?

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Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NIFCA) Surveys

Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NIFCA) Surveys

· By Mike Hardy, Chief Executive, NIFCA

Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NIFCA) is responsible for monitoring fishing activity from the River Tyne to the English/ Scottish Border out to 6 nautical miles and up to the normal tidal limit (NTL) of estuaries. NIFCA also have a responsibility to ensure fishing activities do not have a significant impact on Marine Protected Areas within the NIFCA district.

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Could you coordinate care for the coast?

Could you coordinate care for the coast?

· By Iain Robson

Coast Care, our new initiative that will recruit and train an army of volunteers to look after the North Northumberland Coastal area, is now looking to appoint a full time project coordinator.

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All aboard to learn about coastal buses

All aboard to learn about coastal buses

· By Iain Robson

We have once more teamed-up with Arriva North East to offer people working in tourism a free bus journey with a difference next month. As part of our campaign to get more people to take more car-free days when they visit the coast we are providing 'on-the-bus' training for anyone working in hospitality or tourism.

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A Whale's Meal?

A Whale's Meal?

· By Matthew Paine

When Margaret Davison and her 11 year-old grandson, Matthew, visited the beach at Beadnell, they were appalled at the amount of litter they found and the effects it could have. Matthew has written about what they did to help.

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AONB Visitor Guide hot off the press for North Tourism Fair

AONB Visitor Guide hot off the press for North Tourism Fair

· By Catherine Gray

This year’s Northumberland Coast AONB Visitor Guide will be hot off the press in time for the North Tourism Fair at Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre in Alnwick on Tuesday 21st March.

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Time for tea ... or maybe a coffee?

Time for tea ... or maybe a coffee?

· By Janet Applegarth

One of the projects helped by our Sustainable Development Fund is Mandell’s Coffee Pot. In a letter displayed in the Parish Rooms at Embleton, Janet Applegarth, the project team leader, explains how the project has grown from its small beginnings …

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Good Citizens of Bamburgh!

Good Citizens of Bamburgh!

· By Isla Morton

Isla Morton, a pupil at Belford Middle School, tells us about her beach clean at Bamburgh

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Good Citizens of Bamburgh!

Good Citizens of Bamburgh!

· By Isla Morton

Isla Morton, a pupil at Belford Middle School, tells us about her beach clean at Bamburgh

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Grant will help recruit an army to care for the coast

Grant will help recruit an army to care for the coast

· By Iain Robson

Coast Care, an initiative that will recruit and train an army of volunteers to look after the North Northumberland Coastal area, has been awarded a grant of £522,600 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

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Can she bait a line?

Can she bait a line?

· By Ian Hall

Ian Hall from Wilds of Wanney tells us about the latest edition of The Cheviot

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Book Review - The Birds of Holy Island

Book Review - The Birds of Holy Island

· By Iain Robson

A review of The Birds of Holy Island & Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve by Ian Kerr

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Berwick Conservation Area Advisory Group Conference hailed a success

Berwick Conservation Area Advisory Group Conference hailed a success

· By Annette Reeves

The Berwick Conservation Area Advisory Group is reflecting on its sixth successful autumn conference; held across two days with the Historic Town's Forum on the 19th and 20th October.

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Puffin catches the judge’s eye to win Photographic Competition

Puffin catches the judge’s eye to win Photographic Competition

· By Catherine Gray

A photo taken by a visitor to the Farne Islands has been chosen as the front cover image for next year’s Northumberland Coast Visitor Guide.

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Claire's Farne Island Mermaid Swim

Claire's Farne Island Mermaid Swim

· By Claire Thorburn

Claire Thorburn, director of Bamburgh-based Impact PR & Marketing, swam from the Farne Islands to the mainland in the summer in aid of charity. Why did she do it? Read on to find out more.

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Registration Opens for Annual Forum

Registration Opens for Annual Forum

· By Catherine Gray

Registration is now open for the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership's 2016 Annual Forum

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Cheers! Free beer for passport carrying walkers

Cheers! Free beer for passport carrying walkers

· By Iain Robson

Walkers completing the 62 mile Northumberland Coast Path can now celebrate with a free beer 'on the house' courtesy of the Curfew Micropub in Berwick-upon-Tweed.

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A look around Longstone

A look around Longstone

· By Catherine Gray

Longstone Lighthouse has a new visitor area. The AONB team have been out to the Farne Islands to take a look.

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Celebrations for ten years of the Northumberland Coast Path

Celebrations for ten years of the Northumberland Coast Path

· By Iain Robson

The Northumberland Coast Path, a 62 mile continuous coastal footpath from Cresswell to Berwick-upon-Tweed has been officially open for ten years.

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New Birdwatching Guide

New Birdwatching Guide

· By Iain Robson

A new bird watching guide for the Northumberland coast has been officially unveiled

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A taste of this season at Farmers' Markets

A taste of this season at Farmers' Markets

· By Kathryn Potts, North East England Farmers’ Markets

Farmers' Markets are the best place to purchase local seasonal food and the following is my guide to the best of what is on offer over the summer around the Northumberland coast.

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Coast Care

Coast Care

· By Iain Robson

We are developing an exciting new project to support volunteers of all ages to help us care for the beautiful landscape of the Northumberland coast and we need your help.

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The final committal of 110 Anglo-Saxon skeletons into the crypt of St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh

The final committal of 110 Anglo-Saxon skeletons into the crypt of St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh

· By Jessica Turner

Years of research by Bamburgh Research Project and Durham University in partnership with Bamburgh Castle Estate has resulted in an unrivalled wealth of information and data about our Anglo-Saxon ancestors who were living in Bamburgh 1,400 years ago. Over 110 individual skeletons were excavated (1998-2007) from the sand dunes to the south of Bamburgh Castle by Bamburgh Research Project and for the last couple of years I’ve been working with Bamburgh Heritage Trust to secure the final resting place of these skeletons in the second crypt of St. Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh. The culmination of all our hard work was the final committal ceremony held on Friday 24th June.

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New maps shine light on Night Blight

New maps shine light on Night Blight

· By Liz Walters

The Campaign to Protect Rural England has recently revealed the results of a project to map Britain's dark skies.

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Remembering the Royal Visit to Holy Island

Remembering the Royal Visit to Holy Island

· By Catherine Gray

In 1958, the royal yacht ‘Britannia’ anchored off the north Northumberland coast so that the Queen and Prince Phillip could visit Holy Island.

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Summer concerts at coastal venues

Summer concerts at coastal venues

· By Margaret Watchorn

Andrew and Margaret Watchorn are holding another series of their popular concerts this summer to raise awareness of the traditional music of north Northumberland.

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Northumbrian seabirds to become web film stars

Northumbrian seabirds to become web film stars

· By Wesley Davies

Coquet Island’s rare breeding roseate terns and their comical puffin friends are set to become stars with their own live camera feed, streamed worldwide on the internet.

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Litter picking  on the River Coquet

Litter picking on the River Coquet

· By Archie McNaughton

Hi, my name is Archie. I really like canoeing on the River Coquet and I wanted to do a litter pick because I saw that rubbish had been washing down the river.

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Guided walks to celebrate ten years of coastal path

Guided walks to celebrate ten years of coastal path

· By Iain Robson

Iain Robson will lead a series of guided walks along the Northumberland Coast Path this summer to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the official opening of the path.

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Local Tourism Association is ‘celebrating the patch’!

Local Tourism Association is ‘celebrating the patch’!

· By Catherine Gray

The North Northumberland Tourism Association (NNTA) has released a series of short films celebrating the beauty of the wildlife and landscapes of north Northumberland. The project has been supported by our Sustainable Development Fund.

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Doing a good turn for terns

Doing a good turn for terns

· By Chantal MacLeod-Nolan

Little terns are winging their way back to the Northumberland coast right now and preparations for their imminent arrival are in full swing.

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Welcoming Inn the cyclists

Welcoming Inn the cyclists

· By Martin Marshall

The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal is wheeling out a new project to welcome cyclists which has been funded by the AONB Sustainable Development Fund

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Nature Notes. Coltsfoot  - an early spring flower

Nature Notes. Coltsfoot - an early spring flower

· By Iain Robson

Coltsfoot is bringing a cheery splash of colour to our dune grasslands at this time of year.

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Drift Café is first in the queue for a passport

Drift Café is first in the queue for a passport

· By Iain Robson

The Drift Café on Druridge Bay has become the first business on the Northumberland Coast Path to become a 'Welcome Port' for the path's new Passport scheme.

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What's in season and on sale at Farmers' Markets in April, May and June 2016 in Northumberland?

What's in season and on sale at Farmers' Markets in April, May and June 2016 in Northumberland?

· By Kathryn Potts, North East England Farmers' Markets

I would like to tell you about my favourite local foods from Northumbrian Farmers' Markets due into season in the next three months. This food reflects the weather, the countryside in which it is produced and it changes with the seasons.

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Our popular Visitor Guide launched at busy Alnwick Tourism Fair

Our popular Visitor Guide launched at busy Alnwick Tourism Fair

· By Liz Walters

We officially launched the 2016/17 Visitor Guide at Alnwick Tourism Fair on Wednesday 16th March.

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Galliheugh Bank... A Whin Win

Galliheugh Bank... A Whin Win

· By Rory Straker

Galliheugh Bank is a small area of roadside verge that is part of the Bamburgh Coast and Hills Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Northumberland County Council with assistance from the AONB Partnership have recently carried out works to bring the site back into favourable condition.

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The Management of Alnmouth Village Pond Woodland

The Management of Alnmouth Village Pond Woodland

· By Rory Straker

As part of my university placement year with the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership, I have written a management plan for Alnmouth Village Pond Woodland for the Burgage Holders which, in brief, includes coppicing the woodland, creating a small wildflower meadow and opening up a couple of viewpoints over the pond. This was the first project I was assigned with after starting my placement at the end of September 2015 and, what seemed like a daunting task at first, has developed into an exciting prospect and an education for me and hopefully for the people of Alnmouth too.

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International Women's Day

International Women's Day

· By Jessica Turner

Remembering women of Northumberland - The story of Acha

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World Book Day comes to Northumberland!

World Book Day comes to Northumberland!

· By Catherine Gray

It's World Book Day today which got us thinking ...

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Ripples from the House on the Shore

Ripples from the House on the Shore

· By Stewart Sexton

Guest blogger Stewart Sexton talks about a visit to 'Ripples from the House on the Shore'

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The Canny Lads from Bamburgh

The Canny Lads from Bamburgh

· By Catherine Gray

In this, one of the centenary years of WW1, various communities along the coast have been looking at how the Great War impacted on their settlements

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Sustainable Development Funds Available

Sustainable Development Funds Available

· By Catherine Gray

Did you know that our Sustainable Development Fund has been running for ten years? It provides funding for projects that bring social, environmental and economic benefits to the AONB.

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Nature notes - Return of the 'Penny Men'

Nature notes - Return of the 'Penny Men'

· By Iain Robson

The penny men have been back at the Stag Rocks in Bamburgh for a couple of months now.

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