Environment

A seat for all seasons

Nature lovers visiting a reserve in north Northumberland this autumn will now have somewhere to rest their legs and watch the world go by, thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

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Repairs to Whitelee reserve. Picture by Geoff Dobbins

Vital repairs to bog continuing in second phase

Northumberland Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers are starting work on phase two of the restoration of blanket bog at Whitelee Moor.

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A new seal pup on the Farne Islands. Picture by National Trust

First seal pup spotted on the Farnes

The first sighting of a seal pup has been announced by the rangers on the Farne Islands.

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Residents urged to check oil tanks for leaks before winter

The Environment Agency is urging people to check their oil tanks for leaks to protect the environment and reduce the risk of potentially large financial losses.

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A northern bottlenose whale, showing its bulbous forehead and beak. Picture by S Hooker/Sea Watch Foundation

WATCH: Rare deep-water whale filmed off Northumberland coast

A deep-water whale species, which is rarely seen in the North Sea, has been filmed by a fisherman close to the shore at Beadnell.
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Waste dumped illegally in an empty commercial property.

Waste criminals dump £750,000 clean-up bill on North-East landowners

Criminals who illegally dump thousands of tonnes of baled waste have cost land and property owners in the North East an estimated £750,000 in the last year, according to the Environment Agency.

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A Eurasian lynx. Picture by Erwin van Maanen

Insurance for UK sheep population against lynx attacks

The group which wants to reintroduce lynx to Northumberland has announced an agreement which will insure the entire sheep population against attacks throughout any trial period.

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Water seeping through the cliffs at Hauxley - orange discolouration is often associated with manganese. Picture by Ivor Rackham

Greens raise concerns over pumping test at former mining site

Water from a former mine on the north Northumberland coast is to be pumped out into the North Sea for a limited time, it has been confirmed.

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Members of Alnwick Area Friends of the Earth installing diffusion tubes. Picture by Cathy Crowther.

Below legal limit, but still concerns over air pollution

An investigation by Alnwick Area Friends of the Earth in the town has revealed potentially concerning levels of air pollution.

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Beach cleans are taking place in north Northumberland.

Volunteers sought for series of beach cleans

The Northumberland Coast Care project needs volunteers to take part in the Great British Beach Clean this weekend.

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An Arctic Tern in flight. Picture by National Trust

Booming population of migrating birds on Northumberland coast

A tiny bird is booming in population thanks to conservation efforts on a stretch of the north Northumberland coast recently bought by the National Trust.

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Emma Craig is the Environment Agencys new community engagement officer in Northumberland.

New flood engagement officer for Northumberland

The Environment Agency has appointed a new team of engagement officers to help communities be more resilient to flooding in the North East.

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Dr. Jacqui Pocklington (Marine Ecologist) and Dave Bell(Citizen Scientist) pictured at Brown's Bay, Cullercoats analysing marine life ahead of a call for volunteers for the next national 'CoCoast' campaign.
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Day of reckoning for marine invaders

Volunteers are being asked to help track an alien invasion taking place around the UK’s coastline.

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Measuring and recording lobster sizes in Northumberland.

Project help with Northumberland’s marine management

This article is the fifth in a series of features about the vital work that NIFCA (Northumberland Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority) does throughout the region.

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The Environment Agency is trialling the use of body cameras.

Agency trialling body camera use

Environment Agency enforcement officers in the North East are wearing body worn cameras as part of a six-month trial.

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Acomb, from Nest 3

Say farewell to Amble, Alwinton and Ancroft

Time is running out to catch a final glimpse of the osprey chicks born at Kielder this year.

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A Eurasian lynx. Picture by Erwin van Maanen

Community concerns over lynx release plan

A number of stakeholders in he rural community in the Kielder area have united over concerns surrounding the proposed lynx release.

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One of the water voles. Picture by Lyle McCalmot

Second release of water voles is under way in Kielder area

The Kielder Water Vole Partnership has released an additional 255 voles into two further sites in the vast 650 square km area.

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Keith Cochraines photograph of a long-tailed tit taken at Gosforth Park
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Prize for photographer

An amateur photographer from Longhirst has been awarded a runner-up placing in the 2017 North East Wildlife Photography Competition.

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The beautiful beach north of Bamburgh. Picture by Ellen Jackson

Want to be a part of Britain's biggest beach clean?

A charity is appealing for help to create the UK's biggest beach clean.
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