Marine delights at the coast with the most

St Abb's VMR 23-05-08_16-31-35_mikeclark-crabanddiver-2006The Berwickshire and Northumberland coast is home to some of the most spectacular marine habitats and species in the UK.

The importance of this area is recognised through a European designation that is known as the Berwickshire & North Northumberland Coast European Marine Site (EMS).

The site stretches along 115km of coast from Alnmouth in the south, up to Fast Castle Head in Scotland, encompassing 635 square kilometres of shore and sea.

It includes the Farne Islands, Holy Island and the St Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve.

The site is designated for its outstanding examples of intertidal and subtidal rocky reef, colourful sea caves, nutrient rich sand and mud flats, shallow inlets and bays, an internationally important population of grey seal and a multitude of coastal birds.

The good news is you can experience this fascinating environment without having to get your feet wet! You can dive right in at www.xbordercurrents.co.uk the Berwickshire & North Northumberland Coast European Marine Site’s new website.

Learn more about the dazzling rock pool aquariums, find out what life is like in the extreme environment of the intertidal rocky shore, see how the dense kelp forests provide shelter for an array of marine creatures beneath the swaying marine canopy.

You can also browse the media gallery, come along on a guided seashore safari, or book a learning session with the EMS Officer.

More information is available from Claire Carey Berwickshire & North Northumberland Coast European Marine Site Implementation Officer.
t 01670 533780
m 07730539345
e Claire.Carey@northumberland.gov.uk