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

I was given a copy of our new official guidebook to the Northumberland Coast Path this week, it was just back from the printers and the ink was hardly dry. The new book replaces the original guidebook which was written when the path first opened in 2006. Over ten thousand copies have been printed since then. The book not only describes the path, it also provides information on things to do and see along the way.

The value of the Coast Path and other long-distance walking and cycling routes cannot be understated. Walkers and cyclists are high-spending visitors needing accommodation and food as they pass through our area. 

Often arriving without a car, they leave little or no trace of their visit, other than on the local economy. The Coast Path will be ten years old next July and we are already looking forward to a summer of celebrations.

Cllr John Woodman,
Chair, Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership
Coast Path Guidebook
Guidebook Cover
The new Official Guidebook to the Northumberland Coast Path has been reprinted and is now available from Tourist Information Centres and some shops along the coast. It will be available from a much wider range of retailers in coming weeks. It is also available to buy online from our website. 

The new guidebook is bigger, with more information on travel and services and has improved Ordnance Survey mapping. A new passport scheme and website will be launched soon.

Coastal Community Team
After being asked to form a Coastal Community Team for Bamburgh, Seahouses and Beadnell by the Government in July, we have been busy bringing a team of people from a wide range of backgrounds together. 

The team have met twice and have focused on assessing the issues and economic opportunities of the area. 

The team have also prioritised three projects that we can bid into the new Coastal Revival Fund for funding. The next piece of work is to prepare an economic plan for the area, which will examine the economic issues that this area of the coast has. The plan will be used to prioritise projects that can tackle those issues.

If you are interested in being part of the team please contact us.

Talking to people at Birdfair
We attended the British Birdwatching Festival or 'Birdfair' again last weekend. Birdfair is often described as the 'Birdwatchers Glastonbury' and attracts people from around the world. 

Alongside the other protected landscapes in Northumberland (The Northumberland National Park and North Pennines AONB), Northumberland Tourism and Northern Experience Wildlife Tours we talked to thousands of birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts over the three-days of the show.

Nature-based tourism is a big part of the local economy, the Farne Islands alone attracted over 53,000 visitors last year and the Islands were top of the list for potential visitors at the fair.

Like walkers and cyclists, wildlife tourists are high-spenders who have little impact on the area we are here to protect.  The draw for wildlife tourists is often outside the peak visitor season, helping to address the seasonal nature of tourism on the Northumberland coast.

Little Tern Project
national Trust tern Wardens Photo: J Lancaster
Just as the summer is almost over, the little tern breeding season has come to an end and they will soon start their lengthy journey back to their wintering grounds off the West African coast.

This year there were 44 breeding pairs in Northumberland, on the National nature Reserve at Lindisfarne and at the National Trust's Long Nanny site. 

It was an interesting start to the season with cold weather and concern of poor food supply; however the little terns persevered. Although they struggled with tidal inundation from the constant erosion on the sites, predators and disturbance, they successfully managed to fledge 49 chicks.
The Northumberland Little Tern Project is part of the EU LIFE+ funded Little Tern Recovery Project, a partnership project of organisations that focuses on protecting these rare birds. In Northumberland we have a hard-working team of rangers and volunteers across sites that monitor the birds and inform beach-goers about the presence of the breeding terns.

If you would like to volunteer with us next season please get in touch.

Chantal Macleod-Nolan
Northumberland EU LIFE+ Little Tern Project Co-ordinator

Lindisfarne Blog

National Trust Northumberland Coast Blog

Peregrini update
Lough Hide
As part of our Peregrini Landscape Partnership Scheme, funded by the Heritage Lottery Funded, a number of construction projects on Holy Island are nearing completion. 

The replacement wildlife-watching hide at the Lough Pond is now complete and Natural England are working on the internal interpretation boards. The official opening will take place in September so look out for further details. 

Work to heighten the pier at Holy Island Harbour and The Old Lifeboat House refurbishment project is due to finish by September 2015.

The team are now working on developing a new website and contacting local schools, colleges and special interest groups to promote the Peregrini project.

For further information on volunteering, please email or telephone the office on 01668 213086. Also look out for us on Facebook for events and activities information. 

Great British Beach Clean
Beach Clean
The Marine Conservation Society's Great British Beach Clean takes place on 18th to 21st September this year. Thousands of volunteers clean and survey the litter they find on dozens of beaches around the British coastline.

There are two ways to get involved. You can either join in at an organised event or organise your own event on your favourite beach. It only takes a couple of hours and is good fun. The Great British Beach Clean website lists events in our area and tells you how to organise your own event. 

Hold the Date
We will hold our annual forum in Alnmouth on Friday 13th November. Our annual forums are always lively events with a great mix of speakers and lots of opportunities for networking.

We will give full details in the next issue of 'Coastal Views' but in the meantime – hold the date!
Website questionnaire
We are about to commission a new website and are seeking your opinions on what it should look like.

Whether you are a local resident, tourism business or work for a government agency, we would like to hear from you as you will use our website in different ways.

Northumberland Coast
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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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