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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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