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It's not just our Travelling Puffins who have been travelling around the British Isles discovering new places, Aurelie has gone to Northumberland to discover the wildlife up there.

Northumberland

Northumberland

Aurelie - I've moved from Alderney and am now up in the north of England, in Northumberland. Northumberland is a big county with a population of about 309,000 people. Although Northumberland is in England - the north of the county boarders Scotland - there are a lot of similarities to Alderney. The east of the county is all coastal and we have lots of sandy beaches, rocky shores and cliffs just like in Alderney.

A beach at Tynemouth with the old ruins of a castle and priory in the background

A beach at Tynemouth with the old ruins of a castle and priory in the background

Because the habitats are very similar to Alderney there are also a lot of the same animals that live here;

  • puffins
  • common terns and the only colony of roseate terns in Britain
  • herring gulls, lesser black-backed gulls and black headed gulls
  • fulmars
  • shags
  • guillimots
  • razorbills

In the spring gannets fly along the coast on their way to breeding grounds and there is a population of over 5000 grey seals off Northumberland. There is a very special colony of 600 kittiwakes, what makes them so important is that they nest on the Tyne bridge about 8 miles in land. This is the furthest inland of any colony of kittiwakes!

The Tyne bridge

The Tyne bridge

Kittiwakes nesting on the Tyne bridge

Kittiwakes nesting on the Tyne bridge

I am up in Northumberland working with the Northumberland Wildlife Trust trying to tell people more about their coast and what lives in the seas near them. I will get to do a lot of the work that I did in Alderney like rockpooling, surveying the shores, beach cleans and working with different groups of people.

Common seal

Common seal

 

I will also be doing a lot of work trying to get people to encourage the government to put laws in place to protect our seas and all the creatures that live in them. I will be trying to tell the government of what lives in the seas, what special habitats there are and why we need to protect them. We are asking the government to create areas all around Britain called Marine Conservation Zones, these are like national parks in the seas, to help protect our seas.

There are lots of things we can do to tell the government why it is important to protect our seas, you could join in the starfish pledge. We are asking people to colour in a starfish and write what their favourite thing about the sea is and send it to the Prime Minister. Why not do one yourself!

Click on the link to get a copy of the starfish_pledge