Trio of venues team up to celebrate fire of the north

A venture bringing together three iconic national nature reserves (NNRs) and three major national organisations around the figure of Cuthbert, – the Fire of the North – takes place next month.

Lindisfarne NNR (Natural England), Farne Islands NNR (National Trust) and St Abb’s Head NNR (National Trust for Scotland) are teaming up for a special event on Thursday, September 4, at dusk.

Beacons will be lit on Inner Farne and St Abb’s Head to celebrate the Fire of the North’s links with the wider region and its nationally/internationally important nature reserves.

On Holy Island, there will be a walk out to view the two beacons.

Local historian and volunteer warden on Lindisfarne NNR, John Woodhurst, who is co-ordinating the event, said: “Cuthbert is the heartbeat of our region and we are reminded of his love of the animal kingdom and the natural world, along with his deep spirituality, whenever we visit our nature reserves today.”

On Thursday, August 28, John will meet the 11am, noon, 1pm and 2pm sailings from Seahouses to Inner Farne and in a short walk/talk offer the opportunity to find out more about Cuthbert’s links to the Farnes, National Trust rangers will also be on hand to talk about the wildlife .

Then on Sunday, August 31, which is St Aidan’s Day, on Holy Island, warden Laura will talk about the NNR and John will do his regular walk/talk, Cuthbert – Lindisfarne’s First Nature Warden?

Meet at Window on Wild Lindisfarne building at 12.30 pm to walk around the Harbour, along the Heugh, across to St Cuthbert’s Island, and back via the Sacred Corridor to St Mary’s Church.

Prior to both of these, on Monday, August 25, which is St Aebbe’s Day, a similar event takes place at St Abb’s Head Nature Centre at 1pm.

Finally, on St Cuthbert’s Day itself – September 4 – National Trust rangers will repeat the beacon/fire from last year near the lighthouse on Inner Farne.

St Abb’s Head beacon/fire will be on a hill close to the lighthouse, with a linked walk from Kirk Hill to the site led by Daniel Rhodes, National Trust for Scotland archaeologist (meet foot of Kirk Hill – Grid Ref NT914687 at 7.30pm).

John will lead a group from the Window on Wild Lindisfarne building (meet 7.30pm) to the Watchtower on the Heugh to view, weather permitting, both beacons/fires. Along the way he will give a shortened version of his First Nature Warden talk.