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Public meeting to take place on plans for ford

A public meeting has been arranged to discuss the proposed works by the Environment Agency to the ford at Haugh Head, near Wooler.

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Kielderhead is one of the wildest landscapes in England.

Woodland restoration project puts down roots

An ambitious project to restore one of the wildest landscapes in England has taken a step forward thanks to a funding boost.

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Darren East, senior forestry manager for Savills across the north of England.

Forestry creation grants up for grabs

A new grant scheme, launched to fund the creation of new woodlands, is now open for applications.

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Skywalker gibbon

New gibbon species named after Star Wars' Luke Skywalker

A new species of gibbon identified in remote forests in China has been named after Star Wars character Luke Skywalker.
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Many prosecutions as a result of agency’s enforcement actions

Many prosecutions as a result of agency’s enforcement actions

Almost £220,000 in fines and costs were imposed by courts in 2016 following Environment Agency investigations into those flouting waste and fishing laws in the North East.

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The blackbird was the most common playground visitor in 2016. Picture courtesy of RSPB

From books to blackbirds

Children all over Northumberland are swapping books for binoculars to take part in the UK’s biggest schools wildlife survey.

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Volunteers clearing litter from the beach at Alnmouth.

Major project on Northumberland coast lands £500k

An initiative that will recruit and train an army of volunteers to look after the north Northumberland coast has landed a £500,000 grant.

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An aerial view of Holy Island by Ian Cook.

Trust sites on Northumberland coast are now a no-go zone for drones

The National Trust has set out in detail the reasons behind its ‘strict blanket policy banning the use of drones at its sites’ on the Northumberland coast.

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Island’s birdlife in updated guidebook

Island’s birdlife in updated guidebook

A new version of a key guide for twitchers is available now.

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Chimney collapse at Low Greens in Berwick.

Council staff on standby for windy weather

Northumberland County Council teams are on standby to tackle any issues caused by the windy weather forecast over the coming days.

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Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland

Kielder Trust welcomes National Park as new member

Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust has welcomed Northumberland National Park Authority as its newest member.

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Budle Bay. Picture by Jane Coltman

New testing for protected water off north Northumberland coast

An investigation into important ‘pockets’ of water around the Northumberland coast will look at high levels of nutrients which are affecting nature and wildlife.

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From left, Sam Isaac, Jessica Turner, Iain Robson, Catherine Gray and David Feige.

Reflecting on another busy year on the Northumberland coast

Tourism, nature, history and archaeology, as well as the RAF, were all discussed at the Northumberland Coast AONB annual forum last week.

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Doddington Moor looking north.

MP hails new forestry bid in Commons

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan used a Parliamentary debate on tree planting on Wednesday to highlight a recently-announced forestry initiative in north Northumberland.

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A fish hits the side of  the fish pass at Haugh Head ford on the Wooler Water.
 Picture by Jane Coltman

Proposals for Haugh Head ford raise fears

Councillors are to express their concerns about proposals to replace the Haugh Head ford on Wooler Water.

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Tony Gates, chief executive of the Northumberland National Park Authority; 93-year-old Jack Hope, from Wooler, the National Parks original warden; the Duchess of Northumberland; Coun Glen Sanderson, chairman of Northumberland National Park Authority; with Henshaw Primary School pupils Reed Bryson and Chloe Makepeace, both eight.

Duchess marks milestone at The Sill

The Duchess of Northumberland joined Northumberland National Park Authority (NNPA) to celebrate an important stage in the construction of The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre.

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Raymond Johnston's photo of the Farne Islands.

‘Truly a magical part’ of our coastline

This stunning image of the Farne Islands by a Berwick upon Tweed photographer has won a regional competition, it was announced today.

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Puffin with his eyes closed, by Chris Orange.

Puffin catches the judges’ eye to win Northumberland photo contest

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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Puffin with his eyes closed, by Chris Orange.

Puffin catches the judges’ eye to win Northumberland photo contest

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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Icy mornings may be on the cards this weekend.

A wintry weekend: Your North East forecast from the Met Office

Frosty mornings and heavy showers are forecast for the North East this weekend.
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