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Amble Northumberland

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Amble was an important port associated with fishing and the Southeast Northumberland Coalfield. A few fishing cobbles still operate, but the harbour is now largely patronised by pleasure craft owners. The old staithes have recently been renovated and with footpaths clearly marked birdwatching the various habitats is easy. The Coquet Estuary is regarded as important for wintering birds as the Tweed and the Blyth. 1 mile off-shore lies Coquet Island, a scheduled SSSI managed by the RSPB. The low-lying nature of the Island and density of breeding birds means that no visitors are allowed. Breeding birds include Eider, Puffin and Terns including a small colony of Roseate Tern.

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Public facilities are well signposted as regards toilets, car parking, information centre and there are several caf├ęs and pubs.

Key Areas / Routes

a. The River Coquet, viewed from a series of lay-bys on the A1068; b. The estuary and harbour; c. The rocky shore viewed from the minor road to Low Hauxley; d. Sea-watching the sound between Amble and Coquet Island.

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