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2008-08-18 00:00:21

A STRETCH of Northumberland coastline has been closed to the public while tests are carried out to solve a pollution puzzle. Warning signs have been put up, public access points closed and coastal warden patrols put in place along Cambois beach near Bedlington following the discovery of an unidentified oily substance on Wednesday. Wansbeck District Council closed the beach between Cambois and North Blyth as a precaution, after a member of the public reported oily globules on the sand....

2008-08-18 00:00:21

TESTS were still being carried out on sea drains yesterday in a bid to trace the source of pollution which has led to the closure of a stretch of Northumberland coastline. Cambois Beach near Bedlington was closed to the public on Thursday after a walker discovered globules of an oily substance on the sands at the high-tide mark. Wansbeck Council took the decision as a precautionary measure after alerting the Environment Agency to the incident. Warning signs have been put up, public...

2008-08-09 18:00:25

NEWCASTLE United Womens FC and the Newcastle United Foundation will be holding a Girls Football Funday at Willowburn Sports Centre, Willowburn Avenue, Alnwick. The coaching programme for players aged seven to 12 will take place indoors on Friday, August 29 (10.00-2.00). It is free, but places are limited. Contact Nicola Hepworth on 07919 695 393. WHITLEY Bay are entering an under-14 girls side into the Northumberland Girls League and still have places available in their squad....

2008-08-03 18:00:12

CAMERAS are rolling as a blockbuster Bollywood movie is being shot in the North. A trailer for a new Eastern feature film is being filmed by Tynemouth Priory in North Tyneside. Called Apni Boli Apna Des, which translates as "our language, our country", the movie is billed as "a family drama about love, loyalty and sacrifice". It will tell the story of a young man who struggles to make it as a successful singer despite his family being immersed in debt. Starring Indian Bollywood...

2008-08-01 18:00:17

THE number of visitors to a seaside village has increased more than 20 times since it was given back its beach. A year ago villagers in New-bigg-in-by-the-Sea were celebrating the completion of work to improve the seafront, including bringing in 500,000 tonnes of sand to restore the beach, which had been stripped away by erosion. The project is part of a wider plan to rejuvenate the Northumberland former fishing village's economy. The project managers say the increase in visitors is...

2008-07-31 18:00:26

A NETWORK of grass roots contact points is to be set up across Northumberland to help the county's new super council connect with people and businesses. One-stop shops and customer service access points will be established in towns across the county - to deal with things such as rent, waste permits, renewing library books and applying for disabled parking permits. Subject to funding approval, the project will eventually result in one stop shops in Berwick, Alnwick, Hexham, Blyth,...

2008-07-30 18:00:54

THE Duke of Northumberland is coming to the aid of a three-year- old boy with cancer. He is helping to raise funds towards the punishing petrol costs faced by the family of Matthew Phillips on their five-day-a-week, 70- mile round trip from their Shilbottle home to Newcastle General Hospital. It was thought he had beaten the disease after surgery and 14 months of chemotherapy, but the youngster had to go back for treatment when doctors realised the tumour was re-growing on his brain....

2008-07-26 18:00:22

MANY people dream of building their own home, seeing the project through from foundations to house-warming party! But finding a suitable plot of land can often be a problem. Plots with fine rural views are difficult to find and getting planning permission is often difficult, if not impossible. But people seeking such land will welcome news that a large plot with attractive views within Northumberland National Park is available for sale. The site, covering six-tenths of an acre, is on...

2008-07-24 18:00:35

By Tony Henderson RECRUITMENT began yesterday of an army of amateur nature recorders. It is hoped that thousands of people in the North East will contribute to a new website which will detail sightings of plants and animals. Spotters can log observations from around their locality or what they have seen on outings in the region. The aim is to build up a mass of information which can be fed into biodiversity plans and that will highlight what needs to be protected when developments...

2008-07-22 18:00:34

THERE is one last chance to save a slice of the North East's natural heritage, warn conservationists. Two years ago Northumberland Wildlife Trust surveyed rare whin grassland which is only found in Northumberland and limited to areas along the Great Whin Sill rock formation. The survey found that a number of the sites which were originally examined in 1980 have now disappeared and those that remain are under imminent threat from scrub, neglect or overgrazing. Calaminarian grasslands...


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2005-06-14 09:01:00

The Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) is a large sea duck which is distributed over the northern coasts of Europe, North America and eastern Siberia. It breeds in Arctic and some northern temperate regions, but winters somewhat further south in temperate zones, where it can form large flocks on suitable coastal waters. The nest is built close to the sea and is lined with eiderdown which is plucked from the female's breast. This soft and warm lining was (and in some areas, still is)...

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Word of the Day
kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'