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Our county is packed with stunning wildlife, rich in diversity and well worth seeing.

We have two areas of outstanding natural beauty, on our coast and covering the North Pennines, as well as Northumberland National Park packed to the brim with rare plant and animal species.

For example, our heather moorlands are home to the Mountain Bumblebee and Heather Moth and you'll find our badgers and red squirrels in woodlands like Kielder Water & Forest Park.

Take a boat trip from Seahouses to the Farne Islands and you'll see hundreds of grey seals basking on the rocks. You could also take a trip around Coquet Island from Amble Amble and spot the rare roseate tern.

Visit Chillingham Wild Cattle, a herd of cattle believed to be rarer than the Giant Panda.  This unique herd of wild cattle are the sole survivors of herds that once roamed the forests of Britain.

Our bogs are known for their carpets of Spaghnum Moss and plants like Cranberry and Bog Rosemary.

And Northumberland's rivers are home to salmon, sea trout, otters and rare plants like Water Crowfoot.

The Northumberland Wildlife Trust runs a range of family-friendly wildlife activities during the summer months including mini-beast trails, otter walks and rock pooling.

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Puffins on The Farne Islands
Nature and Wildlife
Farne Islands
The Farne Islands are possibly the most exciting seabird colony in England with unrivalled views of 23 species, including around 37,000 pairs of puffin. It's also home to a large grey seal colony, wi ...
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Garden 1
One of the world's most extraordinary contemporary gardens. ...
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Great Outdoors
Kielder Water & Forest Park is the ultimate outdoor playground that everyone can enjoy. ...
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Glad Tidings
Nature and Wildlife
Sailings daily from Seahouses with a choice of half & full day landing trips, Grey Seal Cruise and sailings to Lindisfarne. ...

Swan at Hauxley
Nature and Wildlife
The new Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre is now open.   ...

Aerial photo
Nature and Wildlife
Bardon Mill
Allen Banks and Staward Gorge was badly damaged during Storm Desmond and unfortunately, remains closed. The damage resulted in many destabilising landslips, the uprooting of large trees, erosion ...
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Great outdoors
Great Outdoors
Northumberland National Park covers 405 areas of protected landscape with breathtaking views, crystal clear streams, dark skies for star gazing and rich wildlife havens. ...

Lighthouse on Coquet Island
Nature and Wildlife
Discover a sea-bird Paradise - Take a trip to the RSPB Coquet Island Nature Reserve St Cuthbert came to Coquet Island more than 1300 years ago; but today there are a few more visitors on this amazing ...

Nature and Wildlife
PARK REOPENS ON 14 APRIL 2014 The pure-bred survivors of the wild white cattle herd which once roamed the forests of Britain. ...
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Family Attraction
Visit Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, we have over one hundred species of animals including meerkats, coatis, wallaby and many more including our petting barn. Visitors can meet the keepers and learn ...
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Animals at Whitehouse Farm Centre
Family Attraction
Whitehouse Farm is the all-weather fun attraction with soft play, restaurant, outdoor play areas, tractor-trailer rides and lots of animals to feed, hold and stroke. ...
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Bedlington Country Park Local Nature Reserve Lake Stepping Stones
Nature and Wildlife
Public areas, horse and nature trails and angling. ...

A view of Druridge Bay Country Park
Great Outdoors
Woodhorn Colliery is a heritage museum. The country park, once the site of a colliery spoil heap, features a wide variety of wildlife in its woodland and 40-acre lake. ...

Cresswell Pond Nature Reserve
Nature and Wildlife
Brackish lagoon and reed beds with hide for bird-watching. Large number of roosting waders and wildfowl all year. ...

Bluebell Woods in Morpeth
Nature and Wildlife
Woodland nature reserve with riverside and round walks. ...

Serenity II
Nature and Wildlife
Sailing all year round to the Farne Islands, one of Britain's most spectacular wildlife habitats! We offer different trips throughout the year from landings, photography trips, whale watching to ...

Bolam Lake Country Park
Nature and Wildlife
Bolam Lake Country Park is situated in the heart of the beautiful Northumberland countryside surrounded by historic landscapes and dramatic views. ...

Plessey Woods Country Park
Great Outdoors
Country Park with open meadows, pleasant woodland and river walks. Visitor centre with displays and sales of books, maps and gifts, cafe and children's play area. ...

Pick Your Own
Great Outdoors
Brocksbushes is a one stop Farm Shop, Tea Room, Pick Your Own & Gardening/Gift Centre situated on the A69 at Corbridge. ...

Druridge Bay
Nature and Wildlife
Druridge Bay
Lake and shallow pools with 3 bird hides and access to Druridge Links and shore. Particularly good in winter with large flocks of wildfowl, swans and birds of prey. ...

Borough Woods Local Nature Reserve
Nature and Wildlife
Woodland nature reserve with round walk. ...

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