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Registration opens for the coast’s annual AONB forum

A previous AONB annual forum
A previous AONB annual forum

Registration is now open for the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership’s 2016 Annual Forum.

This year’s forum is being held at Westfield Park in Longhoughton on Friday, December 2, and will include a mixture of updates on the work of the AONB Partnership and guest speakers.

Speakers include Mark Eaton, a principal conservation scientist with the RSPB, who will be putting the State of Nature Report into a local context. The report, published in September this year, has been compiled by 50 wildlife organisations and is a stock-take of our native wildlife.

The partnership is also excited to welcome back Sam Isaac, who previously did an internship and wrote the AONB’s Sustainable Tourism Strategy. She will present the findings from her PhD on sustainable tourism.

Clive Hallam-Baker has worked on the commemorations for the 1,000-year anniversary of the Battle of Carham and will enlighten attendees on the endeavours undertaken to remember this event.

Rob Young and Richard Carlton will talk about the Peregrini Landscape Partnership’s community archaeology projects that have been carried out throughout the year, while Jessica Turner will give a speech on the committal of Anglo-Saxon skeletons into the crypt at St Aidan’s in Bamburgh.

The forum is also pleased to welcome Phil Dyke, a coast and marine advisor from the National Trust, who will look back at the Enterprise Neptune Campaign, which allowed the charity to buy 574 miles of coastline. Half-a-century on, Phil will look at how that has shaped the lessons for coastal management.

Coun John Woodman, chairman of the AONB Partnership, said: “This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in the Northumberland coast to come together and contribute towards the work of the AONB Partnership.

“We have an excellent range of speakers adding to what I am sure will be an interesting and thought-provoking day.”

Lunch, mid-morning and mid-afternoon refreshments will be provided. Places are £10 to cover costs and are limited, so registration is essential. To book, visit http://northumberlandcoast_aonb.eventbrite.co.uk