Members of NNBC may be interested in two events with an environmental theme in this year’s Festival.

Laurence Rose works on threatened species recovery for the RSPB (including ten years as the RSPB’s Director for Northern England). His book The Long Spring: tracking the arrival of Spring through Europe was published in March 2018. His writing explores conservation as culture, delving into the connections between place, nature and history. Laurence will probe these themes by discussing various species with both a conservation story to tell and a special place in cultural life, including Tweed otters.  (

Date and time: Saturday 19th October 2019 at 2pm

Location: Parish Centre


Fordyce Maxwell will speak about ‘When Trees were Green’, recalling his formative years as the oldest of a family of nine growing up on a small Northumbrian farm in the 1950s. It’s not a misery memoir or a cosy tribute to “the good old days” but a clear-eyed memory of how things were. Fordyce is an award-winning journalist and a regular and entertaining contributor to the Festival.

Date and time Saturday 19th October at 10am

Location: The Guildhall

 Tickets for both events can be bought online, in person or by phone from The Maltings box office in Berwick from 1 September: space is limited, so early booking is advised. For full details see  Tel: 01289 330999

For more information about the Literary Festival and to see the complete 2019  programme, visit our website:

Natural England Lindisfarne Reserve

Would you like to help to keep an eye on some of the most sensitive of the breeding birds on the reserve this spring/early summer – a morning or afternoon a week?

The Little Terns and the Ringed Plover need your help.

Please get in touch with Andrew Craggs – Senior Warden for the reserve – for more information at

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If you are interested in some practical birding which adds to the knowledge of birds in Northumberland please select the Breeding Bird Survey heading above

Rooks and Rookery Survey 2019 Please left click on the title “Rooks and Rookery Survey 2019”

National Willow Tit Survey
The RSPB and Rare Breeding Birds Panel are running a national Willow Tit survey in 2019 and 2020, and Mark Eaton (RSPB) is helping organise the survey within Northumberland. He is looking for birdwatchers willing and capable of surveying randomly selected tetrads, drawn from the current and recent distribution of Willow Tit in Northumberland, on two occasions between mid-February and mid-April. Most of the survey squares are in South Northumberland, but there are a reasonable scatter in the Mid and North too, right up to the Berwick area. Further detail on the survey can be found on the Rare Breeding Birds Panel website,
If you are interested, please contact Mark at

English Winter Bird Survey

In Partnership with Natural England and Defra, the BTO are organising a winter bird survey on the the exisiting Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) squares, prioritising farmland habitat.  Of the 100 BBS squares in the Northumberland BTO region, around half are priority squares.  A maximum of four visits is required, but if time and weather doesn’t facilitate this, two visits in January through to March will suffice.

If you are able to help or would like to know more please visit the BTO website, under volunteer surveys, or email me, Muriel Cadwallender, at  and I’ll send you a list of available squares.Rooks and Rookery Survey 2019