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The Newsletter of the Northumberland Coast
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
July 2015
Dear ,

I am delighted to announce that the AONB Partnership has been chosen to lead on the creation of a new Coastal Community Team for the villages of Bamburgh, Seahouses and Beadnell.  This will be one of 116 new teams that are being established around England

The AONB Partnership will receive a grant of £10,000 from the Government to enable the team to develop an economic plan for the area. 

The Government believe that local people are best placed to decide where investment should be made in coastal places. The team will include local businesspeople, community groups, Parish Councillors, Northumberland County Council and other bodies. 

This is excellent news, not just for these three villages, but for the whole of the AONB. If you are interested in becoming part of the team, I would encourage you to contact the staff team.

Cllr John Woodman,
Chair, Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership
Coastal Community Team
We have recently been invited to establish a 'Coastal Community Team' for the villages Bamburgh, Seahouses and Beadnell. The overall aims of Coastal Community Teams are to:

  • encourage greater local partnership working in coastal areas
  • support the development of local solutions to economic issues facing coastal communities
  • establish a network of teams across England who can work together and with Government to tackle issues facing coastal communities, and
  • encourage the sustainable use of heritage/cultural assets to provide both a focus for community activities and enhanced economic opportunities.
Coastal Communities Minister Penny Mordaunt said "Coastal Community Teams will be essential for pulling together a shared vision that makes the most of local heritage, skills and know-how that can make our seaside towns and communities thrive"

These aims are very closely aligned with what we and other coastal AONB Partnerships are doing on a day-to-day basis as we deliver AONB management plans, so we are well placed to lead the team. 

The team will need to include businesspeople, community groups, Parish Councillors and organisations working in the three villages. If you would like to be part of the team, please get in touch with any of the staff team. We are particularly looking to recruit local businesspeople to strengthen the team.

The Coastal Revival Fund is now open for applications. This £3m fund will help revive at-risk coastal heritage that has potential to create opportunities for new businesses and jobs. 

Photographic Competition
last years winning entry
We are again holding a photography competition this summer to find a cover-shot for our 2016 Visitor Guide. 

The winner will not only have their photograph on the front of forty-thousand Visitor Guides, 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.

Ken Stait from Stait Photo said "We are delighted to support this competition. The beautiful landscapes and seascapes of the Northumberland coast are justly popular with photographers from across the country. The quality of light during the day and the dark skies at night, along with the abundance of wildlife and historic features, make the AONB a photographers dream."

Fellow judge, Jane Coltman, Image Manager for Johnston Press Northumberland titles said: "It's exciting to be involved in the judging process for this competition. I'm one of the lucky ones - a Northumberland resident - so of course I know how beautiful our coastal area is! 

"It's great that this competition is open to locals and visitors alike and I can't wait to see the fantastic images that I know will be submitted from people who, like me, love the Northumberland coast."

Photos submitted can be of virtually anything, but to be eligible, the photo must have been taken within the Northumberland Coast AONB in 2015. 

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. 

Stait Photo

A new species record for Northumberland
Amblyosyllis formosa
In May this year, while recording wildlife of the rocky shore at Beadnell, students from Kirkley Hall College found an elusive little worm called Amblyosillis formosa

The students were surveying the shore with the officer for the Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast European Marine Site at the time, and the worm was found beneath a boulder in the intertidal zone. Although the species is known to have been recorded in Northumberland in the past, there are no modern records on the National Biodiversity Network Gateway database – until now! 

The worm at Beadnell measured approximately 8mm in length. It is segmented and has a series of appendages along its body which can curl up and unfurl, but there isn't much literature out there to tell us about the habits of its day-to-day life. 

If you spot any interesting creatures on the coast, please take a photo of them and send them to Claire Hedley, European Marine Site Officer with information about the location and date. 

What's in season in July, August and September?
Bread and Roses atthe Famers' Market
Farmers are making hay and shearing their sheep and it is the rich diversity of pasture grasses and flowers - eaten fresh in summer and as haylage or silage in winter - that gives meat its distinctive taste. 

In Northumberland you will always find a fine selection of locally produced fresh meat – chicken, beef, pork, lamb, mutton and venison. In July and August there will be sweet, tender hill lamb – delicious with new potatoes and mint. Organic poultry is available at Morpeth Farmers' Market.

Farmers' markets also usually have bread, preserves, ales, cakes and biscuits. One of the aims of a Farmers' Market is that these should include as much locally grown vegetables, fruits or locally reared meats from known sources as is possible. 

Overall this is the time of year when local produce is at its best in Northumberland and will be celebrated at Berwick Food & Beer Festival on 5th and 6th September which will have a Street Food Street linking the Beer and Food Festival areas to give visitors a choice of delicious dishes to enjoy on the spot.

Morpeth Farmers' Market is on the first Saturday of the month and Alnwick Farmers Market is on the last Sunday of the month.

Kathryn Potts, North East England Farmers' Markets

Peregrini team now in place
The Peregrini Landscape Partnership Scheme staff team is now in place following the appointment of two new officers - David Suggett, community engagement and interpretation officer and Ros Duncan, community engagement and heritage education officer.
ros, David and helen - the Peregrini LPS team
Both David and Ros come with a wealth of community engagement experience which will contribute to delivery of the Heritage Lottery Funded Landscape Partnership Scheme. 
David and Ros join programme manager Helen Griffiths and they are all based in the Peregrini office in Belford.

Helen said "We are now looking forward to making progress on the many varied and interesting projects and recruiting volunteers to help us deliver projects from local historical archive, creative arts and landscape appreciation to gateways to the land and seascapes, to name some of our projects."

You can contact the Peregrini team by email or by telephone on 01668 213086

Peregrini update
newly completed hide at the Lough
Construction projects on Holy Island as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Peregrini Landscape Partnership Scheme have been progressing well.

The replacement wildlife-watching hide at the Lough Pond is now in place and will be open to the public again soon. Construction work was undertaken by Belford-based joinery firm D. Allan using locally sourced timber.

Work to heighten the pier at Holy Island Harbour should be completed, ahead of schedule, by late August. Programme manager, Helen Griffiths said "The construction team from Lumsden and Carroll have really joined in with 'Island life' and I would like to thank them for their community spirit and hard work during the project".

The Old Lifeboat House refurbishment project is progressing well and work is due for completion in September 2015.

Low Newton BioBlitz
You don't need any conservation experience to be part of the biggest wildlife survey on the coast. Bring your family to meet National Trust nature experts who will help you on the day.

Time to explore! Go on the hunt for wildlife and help identify some of the amazing creatures that call Low Newton home. From rockpooling to birdwatching there will be plenty of activities to get involved with throughout the day. So whether you are a local expert or a complete beginner drop by and get involved!

22nd August, 6am - 11pm 

Base camp: National Trust Office,Low Newton-by-the-Sea.

For more information Call 01665 576874 or email

Electric Bikes
A reminder that we have six electric bikes available for hire on the Northumberland Coast. The bikes are available from:

Northumberland Coast
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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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