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Life’s a Beach

Life’s a Beach

· By Dr Ian Kille

The season of Geodiversity walks in the Northumberland Coast AONB for this year start this coming will start on Saturday May 25th

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The Inn Collection puts taps on the map for water refill scheme

The Inn Collection puts taps on the map for water refill scheme

· By Paul Brown, operations manager of The Inn Collection Group

The Inn Collection Group is tapping into a national water campaign that aims to slash the millions of plastic bottles ending up in the world’s oceans each year. The pub company has pledged its support of Refill by registering each of its inns as refill stations where people can replenish their water bottles free of charge instead of buying new ones.

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Volunteers needed to help vulnerable shorebirds in Northumberland

Volunteers needed to help vulnerable shorebirds in Northumberland

· By Iain Robson

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.

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Put your tap on the map to reduce plastic litter

Put your tap on the map to reduce plastic litter

· By Iain Robson

We’ve launched a new campaign to get businesses on the coast to sign up to the Refill scheme which will tell visitors were they can get their water bottles refilled.

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Turning the tide on beach litter

Turning the tide on beach litter

· By Iain Robson

Our year-long survey of beach litter on the Northumberland Coast was completed in September and we can now reveal the results in a report published today.

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Terning the tide

Terning the tide

· By Iain Robson

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 last week.

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Reading Rooms reopen after refurb

Reading Rooms reopen after refurb

· By Jessica Turner

The Reading Rooms on Holy Island were officially reopened by Jane Crossman last week following a £55,000 makeover as part of our Heritage Lottery Funded Peregrini Lindisfarne Landscape Partnership Scheme.

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New Sightseeing Tour on the Arriva Coast & Castles Bus

New Sightseeing Tour on the Arriva Coast & Castles Bus

· By Iain Robson

We’ve joined forced with Arriva North East to create a new Northumberland Coast and Castles sightseeing tour on their X18 bus.

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Car-free itineraries

Car-free itineraries

· By Iain Robson

Once again we've produced itinerary planners to help get visitors out of their cars

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Hop aboard the Holy Island Shuttle

Hop aboard the Holy Island Shuttle

· By Iain Robson

A new bus service will now provide a daily connection between Holy Island and the mainland. As well as running the new Lindisfarne Hopper service from Haggerston Castle to Holy Island, Berwick firm Woody’s Taxis will also operate the popular Castle Shuttle between the Island’s main car park and Lindisfarne Castle

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Volunteer surveyors wanted to count litter on beaches

Volunteer surveyors wanted to count litter on beaches

· By Iain Robson

Litter on the beach is a growing problem across the globe but is the problem getting worse here in Northumberland? Our year-long litter-surveying project aims to find out how big a problem beach litter is and where it all comes from and we need some volunteers to help us.

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Is this St Aidan’s first church on Holy Island?

Is this St Aidan’s first church on Holy Island?

· By Jessica Turner

The remote and beautiful Holy Island of Lindisfarne holds a special place in history. Known as the ‘Cradle of Christianity’ in the North East, it was here that St Aidan established a monastery in AD635 and set out to convert the pagan Northumbrians. The monastery developed into an international centre of learning and craftsmanship and it was during this Golden Age of Northumbria that exquisite items such as the Lindisfarne Gospels were produced. All this came to a crashing end with the arrival of the Vikings in the late 8th Century. Archaeologists working for the National Lottery funded Peregrini Lindisfarne Community Archaeology project have made exciting new discoveries which may well have turned a long held belief about Holy Island on its head.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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