Ranger Recruitment at St Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve

February 11th, 2019

The National Trust for Scotland are recruiting for two Ranger posts at the St Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve: one fixed-term and one voluntary. The two posts are:

Seasonal Ranger (fixed term), April – November. Closing Date 22/2/19.

Assistant Ranger (voluntary), April – October.  Closing date 19/2/19. This position would suit recent graduates or someone starting a career in nature conservation.


Upcoming Marine Planning Workshop (Newcastle) – 29th January

January 18th, 2019

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) will be holding a marine planning workshop at the Copthorne Hotel in Newcastle on Tuesday 29th January 2019 from 9:30am to 4:00pm. The workshops form part of the MMO’s Iteration 3 Engagement and are an opportunity to comment on the preferred draft policies produced as part of the north east marine planning process.

The event is free but requires advanced registration. You can sign up for a place at this link.

Iteration 3 online engagement will also be open from Monday 21 January 2019 until Friday 29 March 2019, providing an alternative means to view and comment on:

  • preferred draft policies
  • draft supporting text for policies including on implementation
  • the next steps in marine planning

For those unable to make the Newcastle event, the MMO are holding another north east marine planning workshop in Redcar on Wednesday 30 January 2019 at Tuned In! from 9:30am to 4:00pm

If you have any questions about the event or the marine plan process then please contact Kathleen Telford, 0208 026 5325, or email the Planning Mailbox.

Welcome to Our New Online Toolkit and Website

January 16th, 2019

Welcome to our new online toolkit and website. We hope this will provide a handy one-stop-shop for all of your information needs about the marine environment along the Berwickshire and Northumberland coast. The site is intended as a working tool to help those organisations undertaking management of our inshore waters and we welcome feedback on its content and ease of use. Please contact us if you have any queries about the content or suggestions about how it can be improved. The creation of the toolkit has been made possible by a Resilient Heritage grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, whose support we gratefully acknowledge. Thank you also to Northumberland IFCA for administrating the HLF, to Natural England for the additional funds towards costs of the site, and to the many people who made their photographs available for use: Paula Lightfoot, Iain Robson, Tom Cadwallender, The National Trust for Scotland, Stuart Pudney, Natural England, The National Trust, The Environment Agency, James Kitson, Max Kelly, Visit Berwickshire Coast, NIFCA, Kelsey Potlock, and Rory Lane.

Coastal Birds and Human Disturbance

December 10th, 2018

At this time of year large numbers waders, wildfowl, ducks and geese are returning from their breeding grounds so that they can spend the winter resting and feeding on our coast. Some of these bird species, such as greylag goose, sanderling, purple sandpiper, redshank and dunlin, are here in internationally significant numbers. It is important to remember that coastal birds use up a lot of energy during these cold, short, winter days and so are particularly sensitive to disturbance. Having to move or fly off to avoid people or dogs can use up valuable energy reserves and reduce the short time available for them to feed. It may take them many hours to make up the energy lost, which ultimately lowers their chances of surviving through to their summer migration.

If you are out on the coast over the winter months then these simple guidelines will help you protect any birds that you see:

● Look out for any feeding or resting birds and take care not to disturb them
● If birds appear become alert and stop feeding then move further away
● Keep dogs away from coastal birds, putting your dog on a lead if necessary

Purple Sandpiper                                  Photo Credit: Tom Cadwallender



CoastXplore App

November 29th, 2018

The Capturing Our Coast project have launched their new CoastXplore app. The app can be installed on mobile phones and other Android or iOS devices. It collects information on how we use our coastlines. We know types of activities that occur on our coast, such as sea angling and surfing, but we don’t have much information on the number of people doing each activity. The information submitted via the app will be added to a national database which will be used by organisations who look after our coast to inform decisions they make about our coastline’s management.

The app can be downloaded at