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Northumberland meadows

11 June 2014

A beautiful show of Northern marsh orchids (Dactylorhiza purpurella) at Greenhaugh in Northumberland. An amazing meadow site and SSSI.

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Spring in Bellingham

20 May 2014

Bird cherry in full flower. Lovely, but gone so quickly. .

Bird cherry

Bird cherry in full flower. Lovely, but gone so quickly. .

Bella

Out for a walk with Bella yesterday. A beautiful day by the North Tyne.

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MICCI Training with NNPA

10 March 2014
Micci Training Day with NNPA

Sally and Kerry trying to extract the Russian auger from the mire on Padon Hill. Five metres of corer are underground - 10,000 years of peat and glacial till. An amazing sunny and windless day on the Pennine way.

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A new fungus record for the UK.

02 March 2014
A new fungus record for the UK

Great to find this rare fungus with Abi Mansley from Northumberland National Park.

Byssonectria terrestris, a rare fungus which was found in Northumberland, is now part of the national collection at Kew Gardens.
When it comes to knowing what it likes, Byssonectria terrestris is extremely particular.
The rare fungus, which grows on moss as a modest cluster of tiny orange pinheads, needs a very specialised habitat involving burnt wood and deer urine.

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Hand's on Ecology!

24 January 2014

Brilliant to be in southern India with Queen Elizabeth High School. This is Dubare elephant reserve near Mysore where many elephants of many ages are cared for by the forestry service. There are also tigers .... but we didn't see any.

Clean behind the ears!

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Reds and Greys - squirrel surveying

22 October 2013

Every spring and autumn we, and many others, survey the squirrels in our area. This little one was at Dally Castle, near Bellingham, Northumberland

In the spring and autumn we, and many others, set up cameras to survey the status of the red squirrel in the north of England. This little one was at Dally Castle in Northumberland... this is not such good news. The greys in this picture are close to Falstone and Kielder and show the gradual spread up the North Tyne valley towards Kielder Forest.

... this is not such good news. The greys in this picture are close to Falstone and Kielder and show the gradual spread up the North Tyne valley towards Kielder Forest.

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Simonside Hills

08 September 2013

Simonside Hills for a day of activities including geocaching and forest school. Lovely to be working in the dappled light of the forest. A bonus was the huge cherry tree next to us covered in ripe cherries! Part of Northumberland National Park's week of family activities this summer.

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Felting

02 August 2013

Felting was popular with families at Walltown as part of our activities on offer at Northumberland National Park Activity week. There was loads going on, great weather and a great turn out!

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Partnership with Northumberland National Park

23 July 2013

Albion Outdoors announce a partnership with Northumberland National Park in an outreach programme planned at the flagship new centre at Once Brewed.

More coverage in the press.

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Great article in Hexham Courant's Environment Supplement

19 July 2013

Have a look at pages 6 and 7 of the Hexham Courant's Environmental supplement.

Picture from The Hexham Courant

Picture from The Hexham Courant

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Day at the Northumberland Coast

12 July 2013

Another wonderful day on the Northumberland coast - this time with St Wilfrids studying succession on the dunes south of Alnmouth and rocky shore zonation at Snab Point, south of Cresswell.

Cresswell Ices got another boost as everyone bought ice creams to cool down! Coastal ecology is one of our top-selling days and we can tick a lot of assessment boxes too.

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MICCI Day at Bell Crag Flow

09 July 2013

Queen Elizabeth High School in Hexham came out for their MICCI day on a fantastic hot sunny day on Bell Crag Flow.

Run in collaboration with Northumberland National Park this project aims to get schools to ‘adopt a bog’ and study it year on year. This day compared markedly with last year for QEHS when we hit a day of storms and floods.

The students had chosen this trip over theme parks, cinema and bowling so we knew we had an enthusiastic and committed bunch!

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