New Marine Nature Partnership for Berwickshire and Northumberland

In November 2015 the Management Group for the Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast European Marine Site decided to apply its well-established partnership approach to more of the local marine nature conservation designations.

Because we no longer just coordinate the management of European sites, we decided to change our name to the Berwickshire and Northumberland Marine Nature Partnership.

Our new partnership is a collaboration of more than 20 Scottish and English organisations responsible for managing our local inshore waters. The original partnership was established 16 years ago to proactively manage the Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and the Lindisfarne Special Protection Area (SPA). The new partnership will coordinate management for the entire network of inshore marine nature conservation designations between Fast Castle Head in Scotland, and the River Tyne in England.

Partnership members include statutory regulators such as Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Environment Agency and Marine Scotland, together with ports and harbours, local authorities, Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, and conservation charities. Working together, the partnership will develop a toolkit to help us manage this suite of important marine areas. The toolkit will provide management organisations with the resources they need to effectively manage these sites, such as accurate mapping, up to date condition assessments and an inventory of local monitoring activity. It is hoped that the toolkit will eventually sit on a publicly available web-hub, so anyone interested in the management of the local marine environment can learn more.  We will be developing the new website in 2016.

Management of the marine environment can be really complex, especially in the intertidal zone where land and marine legislation, policies and organisations overlap. It’s even more complicated when we have sites that cross the Scottish-English border. Working in partnership is really important and we are excited to be developing a coordinated approach for the area.

The iconic coastline of Northumberland is famous for its large sandy bays like those at Bamburgh, Beadnell and Druridge. The bays are punctuated by rocky headlands that tumble into the sea to form offshore reefs that support large kelp forests. Extensive sand and mud flats between Holy Island and the mainland support large seagrass meadows and dense mussel beds, providing a rich food source for over-wintering seabirds. The high coastal cliffs of Berwickshire and the rugged offshore Farne Islands and Coquet Island support thousands of breeding seabirds in the summer months. Sea caves created by the pounding waves can plunge for hundreds of meters into the depths. One of Europe’s most important breeding colonies of grey seal resides on the Farne Islands and at St Abbs, regularly hauling out on Fenham Flats, while the Tweed and Aln estuaries are important havens for fish.

The shallow sea, shores and estuaries of Berwickshire and Northumberland are home to some of the most spectacular marine life in world. With so many people involved in management, the partnership really helps us to work together to protect these special areas.

VACANCY!! Environmental and Scientific Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Officer

Want to make a real difference in the Northumberland marine environment??

Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NIFCA) has a full-time permanent vacancy for an Environmental and Scientific Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Officer.

Salary range £20k to £25K depending on experience

Download the full advert here

See the NIFCA website for more information

Oceans Connected Launch !!

On 28th May we will be launching Oceans Connected, an exciting new project that connects marine citizen science projects around the globe.  Join us at Beadnell and help us to record rocky shore species, while ClimateWatch Marine volunteers simultaneously collect data in our ‘twinned’ site – the Sapphire Coast Marien Discovery Centre in New South Wales, Australia!!

Contact Claire Hedley for more details.

Tel:  01670 622 651


Cross-Border Currents : Spring 2014

Cross-Border Currents is the e-newsletter for the Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast European Marine Site

Click here to download the Spring 2014 issue

VACANCY!! – Living Seas Officer

Northumberland Wildlife Trust is the North East’s leading environmental charity. We work to protect local wildlife, promote nature conservation and provide a means by which everyone can get involved.

We are looking for a confident, innovative and enthusiastic person to join our Conservation Team to assist in the delivery of NWT’s Living Seas awareness programme.

These events set out to raise awareness of the North Sea marine environment and will, through the development of our new fisheries work, seek to investigate and promote the need for a healthy marine environment in order to support a healthy fishery. Daily operations focus on development and delivery of a core events programme aimed to inspire people to support the Trust’s vision for Living Seas. Activities will include Seashore Safaris, Living Seas Safaris (boat trips), Undersea Explorers, working with local fishing communities to develop our knowledge of the marine environment and working with volunteers in order to undertake survey, primarily shore based focussing on intertidal marine wildlife and litter.

If you have experience of working in Living Seas and have a positive, can-do attitude, and you would like the opportunity to work in a dynamic, friendly and forward-looking organisation then this may be the perfect job for you.

The role is offered on an open-ended contract and is for 35 hours a week. Salary £19,565.

The post will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Closing date for applications is noon on Monday 21st April 2014 and we expect interviews to take place week commencing 28th April 2014.

For an application pack, please visit or contact

Paula Turner, HR and Payroll Officer

RSPB VACANCY!! Conservation Officer – Marine

Location: Newcastle

Salary: £20,000 to £24,000 per annum pro rata

Hours: Part time, 3.5 days per week

Contract: Maternity Cover

Closing date: 24 November 2013
Interview date: 3 December 2013

Applications: visit the RSPB job web page here

The RSPB is seeking someone with knowledge and a passion for marine nature conservation to help protect and enhance the globally important coastal and marine areas off the North East, Yorkshire & Humber coast. Educated with a relevant degree or with equivalent work experience in the marine, conservation or planning sectors, you will be responsible for helping to secure and influence the management of Marine Protected Areas, influencing marine and coastal planning issues, undertaking casework and inspiring key stakeholders through partnership liaison and advocacy work. This role will also be involved in the delivery of projects such as little tern recovery and fishery bycatch, and will work alongside our established and experienced team of regional and national Conservation Officers, science and policy staff.

Have your say on the new Management Scheme !!

Consultation for the new Management Scheme 2014

Have your say on how the Berwickshire & North Northumberland Coast is managed into the future!

Visit the consultation page for more information……

VACANCY! – Assistant Ecology Officer for Scottish Borders Council

Job Summary

Salary: £22,064.04 pro rata per annum
Hours:  21 hours per week
Location:  Council HQ, Newtown St Boswells
Contract Duration:  Temporary until 31 March 2015
Interviews: To be held 26 June 2013

You will assist the Ecology Officer in the integration  of biodiversity principles into decision making and provide advice and expertise on ecology and biodiversity related matters to Planning and Regulatory Services within a primary focus on advice to Development Management.

Educated to degree level or equivalent, in an environmental discipline, such as ecology.  Minimum 2 years relevant work experience.

For more details and a full job description please visit the Scottish Borders Council website.



Northumberland Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority (NIFCA) will be holding a series of presentations at Morpeth County Hall on Tuesday 12 March 2013 beginning at 10.00 am.  The event is open to the public and will be of significance to anyone with an interest in sea fisheries and the marine environment.  No invitation is necessary and visitors will be welcome to attend for the whole or part of the event.  Numbers are limited however so if you wish to attend could you please let the NIFCA office know.

In the morning session the event will focus upon shellfish projects currently being undertaken in the NIFCA district with Newcastle University.  This will be followed by talks on the Defra-led Revised Approach to fisheries in European Marine Sites (EMS) with particular focus on the situation in the English part of the Berwickshire & North Northumberland EMS.  In the afternoon there will be a presentation on shellfish stock assessments carried out by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) particularly in Northumberland.

Following all of the above there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.

Northumberland IFCA look forward to seeing you on 12 March.

Further information is available from Northumberland IFCA Tel. 01670 731 399, e-mail; website

VACANCY! – Marine Ranger at St Abbs & Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve

A fantastic opportunity has arisen to help protect the outstanding St Abbs & Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve, which lies within the northern section of the European Marine Site. For more information about the Marine Ranger post click on the image opposite……clicking once will take you to a new page, click on the image again to enlarge it. For the full job description follow this link… St Abbs Ranger Naturalsit JD