New bird book lands in Amble to mark festival and aid RSPB

Dr Paul Morrison with the Bramble of Amble book. Picture by Rachel Locke.
Dr Paul Morrison with the Bramble of Amble book. Picture by Rachel Locke.

A new children’s picture book which tells the story of a little bird has been launched to celebrate the Amble Puffin Festival and raise money to support a nearby nature reserve.

Bramble of Amble has been written and illustrated by Prisca Furlong, especially for this year’s event.

A contribution of at least 40p from the sale of each book will go directly to help the work of the RSPB on Coquet Island, which is home to thousands of puffins.

The story follows Bramble, who flaps into Amble from Coquet Island during the puffin festival.

Prisca, who is from Lincolnshire and has been writing children’s books since 1978, said: “I really enjoyed writing the book and it gave me an attractive little bird to illustrate.”

Approximately 20,000 puffins nest on the RSPB seabird sanctuary of Coquet Island, just a mile off Amble.

Coquet Island has been an RSPB nature reserve since 1970 and is also the sole UK nesting colony of roseate terns.

RSPB Coquet Island site manager Dr Paul Morrison said: “It is a lovely gesture to be receiving proceeds from the book to support our work.”

A limited edition of 100 copies, priced £3, will be on sale in Amble Town Square on Monday and Tuesday.

They will also be available on Tuesday during a talk by Dr Morrison about the RSPB’s work on Coquet Island, which takes place at 7pm in the town’s St Mark’s Church Hall. Tickets cost £2 or pay at door.

The book can be ordered now for £5, including postage and package, via facebook.com/bramblethepuffin