Crackdown on illegal fishing

Environment Agency officers checked more than 400 rod licences in an Easter weekend crackdown on illegal fishing.

The close season for coarse fishing on rivers starts tomorrow.

River patrols planned as coarse fishing close season starts

Anglers are being reminded that the close season for coarse fishing in rivers starts tomorrow.

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A male hen harrier in flight. Picture by Andy Hay, RSPB Images

Have you spotted one of these birds?

The RSPB is calling on eagled-eyed wildlife fans to keep a look out for hen harriers, one of England’s rarest birds of prey.

Many prosecutions as a result of agency’s enforcement actions

Many prosecutions as a result of agency’s enforcement actions

Almost £220,000 in fines and costs were imposed by courts in 2016 following Environment Agency investigations into those flouting waste and fishing laws in the North East.

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Volunteers and staff from Northumberland Wildlife Trust at Weetslade Country Park.

New facilities at country park

Both birds and visitors will have somewhere to perch in a country park, thanks to the efforts of volunteers.

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Icy mornings may be on the cards this weekend.

A wintry weekend: Your North East forecast from the Met Office

Frosty mornings and heavy showers are forecast for the North East this weekend.
The Polar Vortex may cause temperatures to plummet

Why the North East could be set for its coldest winter in years

Last week the North East had an early taste of winter as snow fell on higher ground - and forecasters are warning it could just be the start of a very cold winter.

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The Met Office is warning drivers to be careful if they're planning to take routes that go over higher ground in the coming days.

Snow warning: North East could see 'several centimetres'

The heavy rain is set to turn into snow in area of the North East over the coming days, according to the Met Office.
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Heatherfield Care Home in Annitsford.

Home digs for victory

It’s high five in the gardening stakes for a care home.

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Children from Richardson Dees Primary School get this years campaign underway with a litter pick. They were joined by the councils environmental mascot Waldo the Wonderdog and area officer Wayne Young.

Bid to make a clean sweep in North Tyneside

An annual campaign to keep North Tyneside spick and span has returned.

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The eider or Cuddy's duck.

Help save Northumberland’s sea duck

Bird protection charity, the RSPB, is calling for more help for Northumberland’s iconic eider duck, 1,300 years after St Cuthbert introduced the first laws to safeguard its future.

This weather won't be happening anytime soon

Snowmageddon isn't on the way, no matter what the front pages say

Reports of a snowmageddon on the way may be slightly exaggerated.

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Leaves are starting to fall from the trees.

8 things that should cheer us all up this Autumn

There's a definite nip in the air, the heavy coats are coming out, and staying at home suddenly seems like a more attractive option than a night on the tiles.
Don't miss Halley's night-time spectacle

When and how you can watch Halley's Comet light up the night sky this October

Eyes to the skies! We’re in for a month-long meteor shower thanks to dust from Halley’s Comet.

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Steve Stone (second left) and the Friends of Brierdene receiving the new Green Flag Award from Mike Pratt, Northumberland Wildlife Trust chief executive.

Take a walk on the wild side

A conservation group is counting on nature lovers to help monitor local wildlife.

Members of Longbenton Air Cadets with the Lord Decies at Bolam Lake country park.

Longbenton Air Cadets mark park anniversary

Air cadets in North Tyneside have been spreading their wings to take part in a Northumberland celebration.

Banggai cardinalfish at Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium.

Aquarium hopes to breed rare fish

Rare fish that are naturally found in only one place in the world have a new home in North Tyneside.

A new marine group covering the Northumberland and Berwickshire coast has been formed.

New marine partnership is formed

The newly-formed Berwickshire and Northumberland Marine Nature Partnership is a collaboration of more than 20 Scottish and English organisations responsible for managing our local inshore waters.

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