Archive for August, 2012
September is a spectacular month for wildlife, nature and the outdoors, as Kevin O’Hara reveals. There’s a lot to see and discover, and excitement mounts as grey seals arrive in shallow waters off the Northumberland coast for feeding in advance of pupping season.
The Scottish Borders Textile Trail is the first column in a new series entitled Discover the Scottish Borders. The column will highlight key attractions, destinations and events in the Scottish Borders. This article is about a brand new Scottish Borderstextile trail just launched, and includes links to the accompanying brochure (downloadable) for the trail.
The Kielder Forest osprey chicks on nest number two continue to grow and develop their hunting skills. They were spotted this weekend hanging out on the home nest, enjoying some fish.
An exciting new walking trail has opened in Northumberland, and allows walkers to travel back in time and explore the land of robbers and raiders hundreds of years ago. The Tarset Bastle Trail takes in plenty of interesting history with great story boards, and includes bastles, built to protect families and livestock, and a testament to Northumberland’s bloody past.
A fascinating new exhibition contrasting the grandeur of a castle with tiny figures is set to open soon. Tiny Tales will feature tiny figures revealing the intricate and unusual history of Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island, running from Sept. 8 to Nov. 4.
Missing the Olympics still? Take heart! Jousting knights will arrive at Belsay Hall and Gardens this long weekend and give sporting performances that will no doubt deserve gold medals! There will be plenty to do and see and this tournament. Choose your own champion and enjoy this nail-biting clash of skills and horsemanship.
Fans of history re-enactment will be excited to learn that a re-enactment group will be on hand in North Northumberland at Etal at the beginning of September. A Living History camp in the Etal’s walled garden will be created to illustrate many things from the 1500s, including costumes, cookery and grooming. Weaponry displays drill techniques will take place, too.
There’s a red revolution happening at Kielder Water and Forest Park according to rangers, with loads of red squirrels coming out the play and gather around a feeding station visible from Kielder Castle. It’s been a great experience for the rangers there who, although used to seeing plenty of Northumbria wildlife, have been amazed and the numbers of red squirrels visible each day.
Pam Warhust, the Chair of Forestry Commission has given her backing and praise to the Kielder dark sky bid and Kielder’s soaring ambitions after visiting Kielder Observatory to support a bid to create Europe’s largest area of protected night sky in Northumberland.
Farne Islands, Northumberland, take third place for Favourite nature reserve in Countryfile Magazine awards
The spectacular Farne Islands, a nature reserve off the coast of Northumberland, have taken third place in the national Countryside Magazine awards 2012. The Farne Islands took the third spot in the popular Favourite nature reserve category.
Hadrian’s Wall is set to be part of the Connecting Light event taking place Aug. 31 – Sept. 1. The event will take place across the 73 miles of the wall, from Segedunum Roman Fort, Wallsend, to Bowness-on-Solway, Cumbria. Find out where to go to see the installations!
The young ospreys born and raised at Kielder this season are exploring the reservoir and surrounding trees, and continue to catch fish on their own as their confidence increases.
A new visitor centre at Housesteads Roman Fort will move another step towards completion in Autumn 2012 when the National Trust invests £650,000 in second stage of a major partnership project with English Heritage. The improvements will see improved visitor information and an upstairs extension, creating an expanded catering area.
Birdwatching Northumberland at British Birdwatching Fair, secures Northumberland’s place as key birdwatching destination
If you are a keen birdwatcher you will be glad to hear that Northumberland is further establishing itself as a premier birdwatching destination in the UK as it attends the British Birdwatching Fair at Rutland, Leicestershire, this weekend.
Northumberland offers great holiday opportunities. This feature explores some of the highlights of Northumberland, including the Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Northumberland culture, and some of its market towns, including Berwick upon Tweed.
Melanie Iredale, Director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, shares her love of the border town in which she works, as well as her passion for Northumberland, the North East, and the coastline all the way to Edinburgh. Read too highlights of this year’s Berwick Film Festival, set for Sept. 19 to 23.
As part of the national celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of The Wildlife Trusts Movement, Northumberland Wildlife Trust has just a few places left on its 2012 centenary anniversary boat trip to the Inner Farne Bird Sanctuary on Saturday Sept. 1.