Archive for May, 2012
Lee Ford of Bedlington starts his Cap-To-Cap bike ride in London today – a gruelling 10-day challenge which will see him ride more than 850 miles across the country and Ireland. He’s fundraising for Northumberland Wildlife Trust and plans to end his ride on June 9 in Stakeford with a celebratory party.
A series of Voluntary Ranger free guided walks has been introduced by Northumberland National Park. The walks will give people a chance to explore the beauty and variety of the park. The walks run all the way through summer until September and take in the history, wildlife and landscape of England’s most northerly park.
As part of the 100th anniversary of The Wildlife Trusts Movement, Northumberland Wildlife Trust is taking bookings for a 2012 centenary anniversary trip to the Inner Farne Bird Sanctuary. The trip is set for Saturday 23 June from 12.30pm – 5.00pm.
Elizabeth, a show jumping llama, will appear at a Northumberland holiday park for the Jubilee weekend. Golden Sands Holiday Park, near Cresswell, Morpeth, will host a Jubilee Pageant featuring Elizabeth. The llama, who can jump her own height, will be joined by her partner Phillip and fellow camelids Camilla and Charles to take part in llama racing. They are members of the Black Rock Llama Agility Racing Team and will be here for Northumberland’s special Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The first osprey chick of 2012 hatched at Kieler on Saturday, with a second emerging on Monday. They were born in one of the two osprey nests in the 62,000 hectare (155,000 acre) Northumbrian wilderness. Kielder Forest in the North of England is one of the few locations where the bird has naturally recolonised after becoming extinct in the 19th century.
The Sutherans: St Cuthbert’s House B&B. Five-star gold award bed and breakfast near Seahouses, Northumberland
Along with his wife Jill, Jeff Sutheran owns St Cuthbert’s House, a luxury B&B in North Sunderland near Seahouses, Northumberland. Here in Jeff’s In the Know interview, he shares his favourite things about this part of the world and recommends a few walks and cycle routes, too!
Go to Jesmond Dene in Newcastle on Thursday 7 June between 1.00pm – 3.00pm for an afternoon of raft building with the People & Wildlife Team and then race your completed raft down the Ouseburn. The event, which is being sponsored by The People’s Postcode Lottery, is always popular with school children and adults alike, so book early to avoid disappointment; call Laura Lowther at the Trust on: 0191 284 6884 to secure your place. There is a suggested donation of £2.50 per child and children must be accompanied by an adult.
A new online guide designed to help people enjoy holidays that have a low impact on the environment has been created by Green holidays website Greentraveller.co.uk and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership.
Working alongside the Flexigraze conservation grazing team, progress has been made at Prestwick Carr new Newcastle in improving the grazing regimes. Two Exmoor ponies have been moved onto the centre of the Carr a number of rare breed sheep and cattle will be moved onto the site over the summer.
The stunning and amazing variety of minerals in the North Pennines will be discussed by local geologist Brian Young as part of the North Pennines AONB Partnership’s 2012 events programme next Tuesday, May 29. It will take place at High Forest Community Centre, Sinderhope, East Allen Valley.
Kielder Water & Forest Park and Northumberland National Park are hoping that Northumberland in the North of England will soon be home to an area of protected starry dark sky. They are talking with residents, parish councils and businesses to explain the proposals and gauge feedback prior to making an application to International Dark Skies Association (IDA), based in Tucson, USA to create a Dark Sky Park in Northumberland. If successful, it would be the third largest area of dark sky in the world.
A £10m development at Calvert Trust in Kielder, Northumberland, in the North East of England is one step closer to fruition. Calvert Trust Kielder gives people of all abilities, but especially those with disabilities, the chance to realise their full potential and take part in adventurous activities just like everyone else. Planning permission was granted by Northumberland County Council for extensive additions and alterations to the Calvert Trust centre in Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland.
Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site will be all a-glow to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Sixty official beacons will be hosted at communities along the World Heritage Site. The beacons will be lit on Monday, June 4 at 10.12pm. They will run the length of the wwall from from South Shields to Ravenglass. Each beacon will represent a year of The Queen’s reign.
Great works of art by David Hockney, William Hogarth and Thomas Gainsbourgh will be featured in Family Matters: the Family in British Art, at the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle until September. The show is part of the Great British Art Debate. The themes of the show include Inheritance; Childhood; Parenting; Couples & Kinship; Home and will be illustrated through film and photography, painting and sculpture.