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Mobile flood warnings for Northumberland residents

People in Northumberland may be getting a text message from the Environment Agency this week to let them know they have been automatically registered for free flood warnings.

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Anglers reminded to submit returns

Anglers reminded to submit returns

The Environment Agency is calling upon all migratory salmon and sea trout rod licence holders to submit their catch return records by January 1, 2018.

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Doddington Moor, looking north.

Largest new forest in decades to be planted in Northumberland

More than 600,000 trees will be planted near Wooler over the next two years, after England’s largest woodland planting scheme in decades was given the go-ahead by the Forestry Commission today.

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The Hen Hole on the side of The Cheviot. Picture by Ian Hall.

Exploring adventures start afresh

Forgive me for raising it, but as this is the last Off The Beaten Track of 2017, I can’t help mentioning New Year.

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Water seeping through the cliffs at Hauxley. Picture by Ivor Rackham

End of pumping test at former mine site

A pumping test at a former mining site on the north Northumberland coast is set to be completed next week.

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The rare Jubilee waxcap discovered in the Coquet Valley in Northumberland National Park.

Confirmation of rare fungi species in Coquet Valley

Northumberland National Park has been propelled into the mycological spotlight due to the discovery of a rare and elusive species of fungi at a site in the Coquet Valley.

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Volunteers collecting beach litter at Berwick. Picture by Anna Chouler

Call for surveyors to count litter on Northumberland beaches

A year-long litter-surveying project aims to find out how big a problem beach rubbish is in north Northumberland, but volunteers are needed.

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Spittal beach and prom

Excellent bathing water at vast majority of Northumberland’s beaches

Eleven of the 13 bathing waters in Northumberland are either excellent or good, with every one of the county’s coastal sites passing the water quality standards, Defra announced today.

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A Eurasian lynx. Picture by Erwin van Maanen

Escaped lynx ‘humanely destroyed’ as mystery still surrounds sheep deaths

An escaped lynx, which was blamed for the deaths of a number of sheep in Wales as a decision is awaited on a possible trial reintroduction of the cats to Kielder Forest, has been destroyed.

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Figures show county invests £72million in fossil fuels

Councils in the UK invest £16.1billion of their workers’ pensions into companies that extract coal, oil and gas, according to data released today.

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The team of specialists installing the stones at Simonside. Picture by A Mackenzie.

Helicopter required for path-repair project

A helicopter was used to fly nearly 200 one-tonne loads to carry out an ambitious project to repair a stone footpath in the Simonside Hills.

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The winning image for the cover of next year's Northumberland Coast AONB Visitor Guide.

Winning image for Northumberland Coast Visitor Guide

A picture of Holy Island causeway by a self-taught, North-East photographer has been chosen as the front-cover image for next year’s Northumberland Coast Visitor Guide.

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Bamburgh and District Amateur Surf Society (BADASS) organised a beach clean.

A BADASS beach clean in Bamburgh

The Bamburgh and District Amateur Surf Society (BADASS) took part in the Surfers Against Sewage autumn beach clean last Saturday and collected 15 bin bags full of rubbish.

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Ensure Bonfire Night is clean and safe

Ensure Bonfire Night is clean and safe

The Environment Agency is warning people to watch what they burn this Bonfire Night to prevent environmental pollution and damage to health.

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Map of proposals - village green (green); proposed de-registered land (red); land to become village green (yelllow).

Conservation body objects to ‘offensive plan’ at Amble Braid

The Open Spaces Society, Britain’s oldest national conservation body, has objected to the plan to swap part of Amble Braid village green for ‘a similar-sized but inferior area’ to the south.

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WATCH: Barn owls make their home at Lindisfarne Castle

During a major restoration project at Lindisfarne Castle, the National Trust has discovered some very wise residents.
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The Sills living grassland roof is ideal for taking in a magnificent 360-degree view of the landscape.

Northumberland’s new £14.8m attraction making its mark

Northumberland National Park Authority has confirmed its £14.8million state-of-the-art visitor centre is attracting plenty of visitors.
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A Eurasian lynx. Picture by Erwin van Maanen

National Park calls for clarity on lynx decision process

Northumberland National Park Authority wants more clarity on how a decision will be made on the proposed reintroduction of the lynx.

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Mel Rockett and Mo Dewar test out the new bench at Annstead Dunes. Picture by Geoff Dobbins

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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